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First Glass 

Where are they now? 

Trail Mix 

Alumnae lace 
up their boots 



Change is a constant in any vibrant institution, and we have had 
our share over the last years. There are moments, however, that 
bring momentous, significant, arresting change. They make us 
pause and ponder. Jim Lott's retirement is such a moment. It was only 
one year after I came to Mary Baldwin College that Dr. James D. Lott 
became the dean of the college, the chief academic officer, the most sig- 
nificant, most formative person in shaping the academic life of MBC. 

Bringing with him much promise, he aroused our greatest expecta- 
tions ... and he lived up to all of them all. Over 15 years, he has 

provided outstandiiig leadership and stability as 
we have sailed forth in magnificent academic 
ways. His tenure has seen us evolve as a college 
and firmly establish the Program for the Excep- 
tionally Gifted, grow vigorously in the Adult 
Degree Program, and create the Virginia 
Women's Institute for Leadership. He led the 
establishment of the Master of Arts in Teaching 
program, but did not stop there. Through its 
accreditation in January 1993, he laid the foun- 
dation for all future master's level programs at 
MBC. Most recently, the M.Litt. and MFA in Shakespeare and Renais- 
sance Literature in Performance are building on that necessary 
foundation of accreditation. 

1 want to express here the deepest gratitude of all members of the 
college community, not only in Staunton but throughout the academic 
centers representing the Adult Degree Program and the Master of Arts 
in Teaching, and including our friends and alumnae/i nationally and 
internationally. We have the profoundest respect and affection for Jim. 
We owe him an immeasurable debt of thanks for providing us with his 
outstanding gifts, intellectual and of the heart, since 1964. 
Even as we look back with gratitude and praise, however, we also look 
forward. The progress Jim created must be sustained. We owe him our 
determination to move on, as we must. We will honor him through our 
future achievements. 

But at this moment we pause. . . . 

Thank you, Jim, for work well done. We join as a community in 
wishing you and your family everything that is good as you embark on 
your next exciting adventure. 

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Art Director; Gretchr- ' '''- 

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6 VWIL's First Class 

What is this group of pioneers doing now? 

10 The Construction of Framing 

by Sarah Kenneoy. Assistant Professor of English 

A poet treats us to an inside look at how she "builds" a poem 

12 Celebrating Jim Lott 

Teacher, dean, colleague, mentor, author, friend... 

16 Soutlibound on the Appalachian Trail 

by Nina Baxiev 92 

Nina Baxley learns life lessons completing a solo thru-hike 
of the Appalachian Trail 

20 Las Tres Amigas — Our Excellent Ordeal 

by Becta Cannaday Merchant '63 

Three alumnae test their limits at the Grand Canvon 





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High Notes 


Alumnae/i News 


Class Notes 


Chapters in Action 


Upperback Gallery 



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Rrst Captain Kristy Wheeler '01 and Lieutenant Kara Reese '01. 
the VWIL Anniversary Parade. March 31. 2001. 
photo by Ian Bradshaw 



Mascot Portal Serves 
MBC Community 

As of February 6, Mary Baldwin 

has an online activity and 

information center at 

General campus 
announcements and events 
information are visible to 
anyone who visits the site. Pass- 
word-protected portions of the 
site allow students, faculty, and 
staff to access campus directo- 
ries, post announcements, chat, 
and communicate internally and 
externally in other innovative 
ways. The Mascot site intercon- 
nects with the college's public 
and instructional web sites. This 
new tool, generally available only 
at larger colleges and universi- 
ties, is aimed at 
promoting student services 
and campus communication. 

Tyson President-Elect 

of Southern Association of Colleges 

and Schools 

President Cynthia H. Tyson was elected presi- 
dent-elect of the S(.)uthern Association of 
Colleges and Schools (SACS), the regional 
accrediting agency for all educational institu- 
tions in 11 southern states, during its annual 
meeting in Atlanta, GA, in December. 
As president-elect, Tyson will assist the cur- 
rent SACS president in directing the South's 
educators in formulating policy for the accred- 
itation of the region's member schools and 
colleges. In the absence of the president, she 
will represent SACS in all presidential func- 
tions. Tyson will assume the office ot 
president in December 2001. 

Tyson has held a variety of positions with 
SACS, including vice-chair and secretary ot 
the Commission on Colleges and the commis- 
sion's Executive Council, serving on the 
commission's Program Planning Committee, 
and serving as the presenter during sessions ot 
annual meetings. 

Accreditation is a process concerned with 
improving the equality of education and assur- 
ing the public that member institutions meet 
established standards. SACS is a non-govern- 
mental, voluntary agency, one of six regional 
accrediting organizations in the United 
States. Its membership consists of more than 
12,000 accredited public and private institu- 
tions ranging from university level down to 
pre-kindergarten level. Founded in 1895 and 
headquartered in Decatur, GA, the associa- 
tion works with schools and colleges in 1 1 
southern states from Virginia through Texas, 
and with American-style schools in Mexico, 
the Caribbean, and in Central and South 

MBC and PVCC Expand Partnership to 
Provide Teacher Licensure 

In an effort to meet the statewide demand for 
certified teachers, Mary Baldwin College and 
Piedmont Virginia Community College 
(PVCC) in Charlottesville, VA, have expand- 
ed their partnership to include a guaranteed 
admissions agreement. This agreement will 
allow students to move smoothly from the 
community college into an MBC undergradu- 

ate teacher education program. It alst) 
provides for dissemination of information 
about the other avenues of teacher licensure 
available through MBC. 

Under the agreement signed in February 
by President Cynthia H. Tyson and PVCC 
President Frank Friedman, undergraduates 
may transfer PVCC credits into MBC's tradi- 
tional or Adult Degree programs. College 
graduates, whether employed as provisional 
teachers or in other professions, may pursue 
certification via MBC's Post Graduate 
Teacher Licensure (PGTL) program. Existing 
teachers or other professionals may also seek 
post-graduate teacher training through the 
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at 
Mary Baldwin. Depending on their program, 
students can take advantage of increasing 
numbers ot MBC courses and student teach- 
ing opportunities in the Charlottesville area, 
as well as in Richmond and Staunton. 

The original MBC-PVCC agreement, 
which was signed in 1985, provided adult 
students with the opportunity to complete a 
baccalaureate degree without leaving Char- 
lottesville. It inaugurated the first 
public-private higher education cooperative 
program in the Commonwealth. The new 
agreement expands the partnership to focus 
specifically on preparing teachers and to 
include PGTL and MAT 

PEG Perfect Fit for New Director 

On July 1, Judith Shuey will take over from 
Celeste Rhodes as only the third director in 
the history of the Program for the Exception- 
ally Gifted (PEG), and she is delighted. 

"My whole work history has been in edu- 
cation," she says, "the majority with 
adolescents. I love working in a college set- 
ting, but I also love working with adolescents. 
This job is a rare chance to do both. 
Eighteen- to 19-year-oId college students are 
already formed to a large degree. With the 
younger students, I have a chance to make a 

Shuey earned her B.A. in economics at 
Bridgewater College and her M.A. in counsel- 
ing psychology at James Madison University. 
Before coming to Mary Baldwin as the direc- 
tor of PEG residence life, she was a high 
school guidance counselor and director of 

Marv li.iMwiii Cdllcgc Miiyaziiii' 

s|irini; r^lldi 

Judith Shuey 

career ccwnseling ac Bridgewater. All Shuef's 
Jobs have been "possibiltty" work, she points 
out, helping people see what possibilides are 
available to them. 

Celeste Rhodes, director of PEG since 
1985, will be moving into a new role at the 
college: teaching in the Master of Arts in 
Teaching program half trine and half time fol- 
lowing up with PEG alumnae in order to 
document what PEG has accomplished and 
why it has been successful. "I believe the 
results will support the effectiveness of a 
women's college environment and accelera- 
tion for gifted," she says. Besides teaching in 
the MAT program, she will be helping estab- 
lish a specialization for MAT in teaching 
exceptional students. 

"1 wanted tO' leave feeling confident the 
piograna would continue to be strong," she 
reflects- "I think 111 be do-ing that- That's very 
Mfflling for me. The program is established 
aiTKfl well known in the field. Students and 
almnnae are thriving. A goal 1 had was the 
establishment of scholarships. We now have 
three major PEG scholarships; the PEG Acad- 
emic Achievement Scholarships, the Rita 
Etove Frontrurmer Scholarship, and the PEG 
Endowed Scholarship." 

Ethics Debate Team Captures Honors 

Derr_ r ■-- r : i ixcellence tn intellectual 
anal' - . r - : . : ; speaking, and argumentation, 
->. r M : -. Baldwin Ethics Debate Team, ranked 
-t ; _ r. ; imong 15 Virginia independent col- 
lies in the Ethics Bowl Tournament held at 
Mamnount University on February 12. In 
: ' :' :. in emceed by veteran newsman 
~: :,i-r -'lid, Mary Baldwin's debaters defeat- 
ed teams from: the University of Richmond, 
Hampden-Sydney College, and Sweet Briar 
College, placing second to an all-senior team 
from Washington St Lee University. 

MBC team members Danielle Correll '01, 
Jamie Ctirley '02, Katysue Tillman '03, Holly 
Moskowitz TO, and Jessica Puglisi '04 were 
selected last MI and have practiced through- 
oot the winter in preparation for the 
competition. Roderic L. Owen, professor of 

philosophy, serves as the team's advisor and 

Sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for 
Independent Colleges (VPIC) and funded by 
a grant firom the Batten Family Foundation, 
the program requires each college team to 
analyze, assume positions, and debate stands 
on a variety of case studies that pose challeng- 
ing moral dilemmas. The overall theme of the 
case studies this year was "Ethics and Tech- 

MBC Students 
Brighten Young 
Lives with Dance 

Learning dance steps from Mary Baldwin stu- 
dents was a popular activity this spring at a 
local after-school program aimed at latchkey 
and at-risk middle 
school children. One 
afternoon a week, 
Irene SameEe, assis- 
tant professor of 
physical education, 
and the MBC Per- 
forming Dance 
Group shared their 
love of dance with 
youngsters at the 
Staunton Communi- 
ty Learning Center located at Shelbume 
Middle School. They were assisted by students 
from Samelle's ballroom, historical, and 
multi-cultural dance classes and Team. 2000. 
Students of all ages enjoyed English country 
dances, contra dance basics, and Irish set 
dances, as well as the two-step, polka, cha- 
cha, waltz, and swing, the children's favorite. 

The dance project was the suggestion of 
Michelle Jones '00, who is employed at the 
center as a result of her student internship 
there last year. Its effects have gone far 
beyond teaching fancy footwork to 30 adoles- 
cents. According to Anne Munsey, director of 
the learning center, "The students have been 
exposed to an entirely different culture than 
what they are used to. The Mary Baldwin 
women have been good influences, encourag- 
ing the youngsters to use their talents and to 
think about going to college." 

Samelle added, "This was wonderful 
opportunity for the young women at Mary 

Former White House 
Photographer Lectures 
at College 

In February, Sharon Farmer 
presented a slide lecture of 
her work, "Photo-Activism at 
the White House." Hired as a 
White House photographer in 
1993, Farmer served as the 
director of the White House 
Photography Office from 1999 
until President Clinton's last 
day in office in January 2001. 
She has over 25 years' expe- 
rience as a professional 
photojoumalist and fine art 

Spring 2W1 • Many Baldwin CoHege Magaziae 

Bryan Leads Basketball 
Team to Tourney Win 

On February 18, the MBC 

Fighting Squirrels captured the 

Atlantic Women's Colleges 

Conference (AWCC) title in a 

73-58 win over Wilson College. 

This season was the first for 

Head Basketball Coach 

Jacquelyn B. Bryan, whose 

team completed the regular 

season with a 11-1 

conference record and 17-9 

overall record. Commenting on 

the team's performance, 

Bryan said, "It has been a 

really exciting season! The 

girls played with a lot of heart 

and determination. Our goal 

was to win the conference 

championship, and they were 

not going to let anyone take 

that away from them. I am 

very proud to be associated 

with such a team." 

Baldwin to have a very positive impact on 
this community. Everyone involved . . . was 

On March 30, the young students were 
invited to "strut their stuff' on campus as 
guests at the Performing Dance Group's Celtic 
Contra Connection dance event. 

Building Better Opportunities 

In December, the Mary Baldwin community 
once again opened its heart to the larger 
community by participating in a Habitat for 
Humanity build in Staunton. Thanks to 
nine faculty and staff who spent hours wield- 
ing paint brushes along with other Habitat 
volunteers, a deserving area family began 
2001 in its own home. 

The latest build — house No. 23 tor the 
area Habitat affiliate — was just one the 
workdays that Mary Baldwin faculty, staff, 
and students have participated in since 
establishing the Mary Baldwin Chapter of 
Habitat for Humanity in 1994. James 
Oilman, professor of religion and philosophy 
and chapter advisor, estimates that the Mary 
Baldwin community has been involved in 
building 12-15 houses in the Staunton- 
Augusta- Waynesboro area. In addition, in 
spring 1999 Mary Baldwin participated in a 
5K run fundraiser, and MBC students have 
answered Habitat's Collegiate Challenge, 

traveling to builds in Pennsylvania, 
Connecticut, and Virginia during spring 
break. This year, 10 MBC students partici- 
pated in a build in North Philadelphia. 

"1 can always depend on Mary Baldwin 
people to work," said Oilman. "In fact, the 
local affiliate knows that and always calls on 
us, particularly at the last minute, because 
Mary Baldwin is so reliable." 

Communication Students and Staff 
Launch MBC-TV 

This spring, Mary Baldwin launched its 
third closed-circuit television channel, 
MBC-TV, expanding beyond satellite and 
internal message board programming provid- 
ed by the existing channels. 

Supported by communication students 
and Audio-Visual Services staff, Channel 64 
broadcasts student news, entertainment, 
events, and interviews. Regular features 
include "The President's Corner," which 
gives the Student Oovernment Association 
president an opportunity to address the stu- 
dent body, and "Face to Face," which airs 
interviews with student leaders and adminis- 
trators. The channel also offers 
programming of interest to college students 
from the Zilo Networks, as well as various 
educational and supplemental programs 
requested by college instructors. 

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At the invitation of president of 
the Virginia Board of Education. 
Brenda L Bryant, director of the 
college's Virginia Women's Insti- 
tute for Leadership, will 
serve on the Virginia Board 
of Education's newly formed 
Leadership Development 
Comm'rttee. The committee 
includes persons who have 
distinguished themselves in lead- 
ership roles and in providing 
leadership training. Bryant earned 
her A.B. from Vassar College, her 
M.A. from Catholic University, and 
her MPA and DPA from the Univer- 
sity of Southern California. 
Washington Public Affairs Center. 

Frank R. Southerington, professor 
of English, has assumed add'rtion- 
al duties as director of Mary 
Baldwin's new M,Litt/MFA pro- 
gram in Shakespeare and 
Renaissance Literature in Perfor- 
mance. Born and educated 
in England, Southerington 
holds his B.A. from Univers'i- 
ty College. London, and his 
B.Litt. and D.Phil, from Mag- 
dalen College, Oxford. He is 
a former director of Mary 
Baldwin's Oxford University pro- 
gram and a veteran 
director/performer for college and 
community theatre productions. 

Alice Araujo, assistant professor 
of communications, completed her 
Ph.D. in communication studies 
from the University' of Kansas in 
November. She has been elected 

secretary for the Undergraduate 
Small College and University Divi- 
sion of the National 
Communication Association. 

Currie Carter ADP computer sc'h 

Ce':^e; '-i'i'. - = s ea-^e: re 
Microsof: Cer'uMec; Siie Er.g.r.eer 
Certificate, one of Microsoft's 
three highest certifications. 

Mary Bald\'i'in division coordinators 

chose Vladimir Garkov, sss'sta^: 
professc r' :'e" --':■- Stevens 
Garlick. cz'ess;' :"' 3e"'5' 
-3= . Kathy McCleaf, ess:; 3:e 
pro'essc :" :'.s := ecjcaiion, 
anc Daniel Metraux. :'ofessorof 
Asiar. s:-c:e3. :: caricipate in the 
duPont Summer Faculty 

Sarah Kennedy, assistant profes- 
sor of English, won the 2001 
Nebraska Rewev; Avrard in Poetry 
for her poems "Operation' and 
•jjlies and Iris.' 

Lou Moore, MBC field hockey 
coach, spent the Thanksgiving 
break in West Palm Beach, PL, 
coaching the Southeast Blue sec- 
tional team at the National Reld 
Hockey Festival. This has been a 
national tournament since 1922 
and has evolved into the vrorid's 
largest amateur field hockey 
event, hosting over 3,000 players 
on more than 170 teams from all 
over the country. 



Katharine Brown, adjunct professor of history, co-authored 
C'nnsx Church, Lancaster County, Virginia, a history and 
architectural guidebook. Brov/n also presented a paper, 
'Scots-Irish Presbyterianism in Scotland, Ulster, and ttie 
American South," at a symposium of British and U.S. schol- 
ars at Emory University in Atlanta. GA. 

"The Orchard,' a poem b. Joe Garrison, professor emeritus 
of English, was published in the 25th annual issue of the 
Hampden-Sydney Poetry Reviev/. 

Fidelity of Heart An Ethic of Christian Virtue bv James 
Gilman, professor of religion and philosophy, has oeen puo- 
lished by Oxford University Press. 

Judy Klein, professor of economics, made a presentation on 
the history of science, technology, and medicine at a collo- 
quium at UCLA. 

L'-'ve'stj Press of America published the latest book by 
Daniel Metraux. professor of Asian studies: The Internation- 
al Expansion of a E^zz^'i". '.';.r"S''; ~ e Sz'-a Gakkai in 
Southeast Asia arz -,s:-a =. '.'e-.-a,' :'5se':e: :'5 paper 
'Hov/ Young Japanese .'.omen vie.', u'e I'.oriG" ai u'e meet- 
ing of the Association for Asian Studies Southeast Chapter 
in Tallahassee. FL 

Adrian Riskin. assistant professor of mathematics, present- 
ed 'Further Results on the Enumeration of ^Polyhedral 
Embeddings of Some Polyhedrally Embedded Graphs on the 
Torus" to the Georgetown University Mathematics Depart- 

news continued 

Depending on staff and financial support 
next year, Allan Move, director of Audio- 
Visual Sen'ices and instnictor of 
communication, hopes to telecast student 
Senate meetings, special events, and lectures, 
variety- shows, and MBC announcements. 
Says Moye, "MBC-TA'^ is an invaluable train- 
ing program for our students. It also could be 
a vital part of campus life and a great way of 
communicating for any group on campus." 

Mary Baldwin Participates in Pilot 
Financial Management Program 

Mary Baldwin is one of six colleges and uni- 
versities nationwide participating in a pilot 
program designed by Nellie Mae, a provider 
of loans for education, to provide on-line 
financial management guidance for students. 
Jacquelm ElUott-Wonderley, dean of admis- 
sions and financial aid, describes FinMan as 
"a fast, low-key way to reach students about 
how to manage their mone^=." In this first 
year of the FinXIan program, students 

received e-mailed tips about budgeting, cau- 
tious use of credit cards, scholarships, and 
searching for summer employment. 

In an approach unique to the college, 
MBC sends the messages jointly from the 
dean of admissions and financial aid and the 
dean for career development and freshmen 
services. Says Elliott- Wonderley, "^-^e sup- 
port the notion that not only is FinMan a 
financial learning tool, but also a 'life-plan- 
ning' tool, hence the hand-in-hand 

Spring 2001 • 'Siaiy Baldwin College Magazine 



graduated its first class from Mary Baldwin College in May 1999. The program's 
designers anticipated that graduates would seek positions of responsibility in their commu- 
nities and career fields. They knew that the unique experience was not only a tine liberal arts 
education, but preparation for the challenges of the world of work as well. Now, six years since 
the program's inception, we look at where those pioneers are today. 

Mary Baiilwin (lollege Magaziiif • Spring '2()U1 

After graduating in May of 1999, Melissa "took a leap of faith" and moved to 
Nashville, TN. There it only took her two weeks to land a job as an office assis- 
tant with the artist management company Borman Entertainment. The 
company represents Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Lonestar, Dwight Yoakam, and 
James Taylor. "1 know that without the demands of VWIL and the commitment 
it took, I would never have had the audacity to strike out on my own," she says. 

When Kim graduated, she commissioned in the Marine Corps and reported 
immediately to The Basic School at Quantico, VA. There she received her first 
pick of duty station and career field: communications officer at Camp Pendle- 
ton, San Diego, CA. Six months later she graduated from Basic School and 
went to work at Amphibious Warfare School for four months, then entered the 
Communications and Information Systems Course. She is now the radio platoon 
commander, Alpha Company, 9th Communications Battalion, 1st Marine Expe- 
ditionary Force. Her platoon provides all the radio transmission means to the 1st 
Marine Expeditionary Brigade. 

Aimee Hererra 

Aimee majored in international relations and is working under the Department 
of Defense at the National Imagery and Mapping Agency in Fairfax, VA. Her 
job gives her many opportunities for travel and training, the most recent being a 
month in India and other countries in South Asia. "VWIL taught me to perse- 
vere, think positively, and be strong both in will and effort," she says. "1 learned 
many lessons as a cadet, but the most important of them was to do all that I 
could and then some more." 

Shannon Baylis Sarino 

Shannon is the assistant managing editor of the Gaithersburg and Montgomery 
Village Gazettes in Virginia. She writes 2-4 articles a week and two columns, in 
addition to copy editing the entire paper and doing the design. She is also 
actively training and raising money for the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day, a 60- 
mile, three-day walk from Frederick, MD, to Washington, DC. 

Spring 2001 • Mary Baldmn College Magazine 

Sherri Sharpe Leek 

As a 1st lieutenant in the Army, Sheri i 
is stationed at Hunter Army Airfield 
in Savannah GA. She moved there in 
November after completing flight 
school and the advanced qualification 
course for CH-47 Chinook helicopters 
at Ft. Rucker in Alabama. She is cur- 
rently the section leader for a Chinook 
Flight Platoon. 

Kristen Blair VanWegen 

Kristen began working at an ad agency in 
Alexandria, VA, after graduation. Now 
she is the national sales coordinator with 
DClOl, a major Washington-area radio 
station. "VWIL taught me a lot about 
character during those four years," she 
says, "and I find myself learning those 
lessons again and again in Ufe." 

Michelle Payant 

Michelle is stationed at Miesau Army Depot in Germany, the 
largest ammunition depot outside of the U.S. She is the mag 
platoon leader for the 191st Ordnance Battalion, 23rd Ord- 
nance Company. Her platoon collects ammunition when it is 
requested and sends it out. 

Allyson Hatfield 

After graduation, Allyson joined Tlie Pillsbury Company on 
their WalMart Team in Bentonville, AR. She has since 
moved to Atlanta, GA, and is working for IN ZONE Inc., a 
plastics manufacturer. She is the customer service manager 
and sales analyst mainly responsible for the WalMart, KMart, 
and Target accounts. She plans to go to graduate school for 
her MBA in marketing within the next three years. She says, 
"I honestly feel like my days in VWIL helped prepare me for 
my life in 'the real world.' I interviewed with several compa- 
nies before deciding on IN ZONE, and they were all 
thoroughly impressed with my VWIL experiences." 

Jennifer Atkins 

Jennifer is attending graduate school at Old Dominion Uni- 
versity in Norfolk, VA, to earn her master's degree and 
Virginia Teaching License. She will finish in August with 
teaching endorsements in business education and marketing 
education along with a master's degree in occupational and 
technical studies. "I have spent a lot of time reflecting on 
school and challenges I have had in life," she says. "I can 

truly say that I got to know myself during my time at Mary 
Baldwin and through the challenges of the VWIL program. 
As a teacher, I have shared my experiences with my students 
and encouraged them to do things that will lead to opportu- 
nities in the future ... MBC and VWIL gave me the 
foundation to be prepared for success in work and in lite. 1 
have the confidence to fight any battle and climb any moun- 
tain as tough and dangerous as it may seem." 

Karen Zeliznak Bailey 

Karen is working in Hawaii in the state's largest destination 
management company. She has responsihiliry for managing 
meetings and events. Corporations, associations, and other 
groups hire her to organi:e and operate their programs in 
Hawaii. She was recently promoted to account manager, her 
third promotion in the year she has been with the company. 

Trimble Bailey 

In May 1999, Trimble commissioned in the Air Force and 
immediately received inactive status to allow her to attend 
medical school. She is now at Eastern Virginia Medical 
School in Norfolk, VA, working on her MD degree. "I feel a 
huge pull," she says, "towards the area of women's health. I 
see a real need in our communities (and heaven knows the 
military could use a few good women physicians). I really 
think that my experiences at VWIL opened my eyes to a 
path that I otherwise might not have taken. Military, 
women's medicine ... . It will be interesting to see how it all 
comes together over the next tew years." 

Mary Baldwin Ciillege Magazine • Sjiring -21101 

Michelle Rogeison 

MicLelle coDnmssioried into the Army and went immedi- 
ately to Korea, where she was in the 2nd hitantry Division 
as part of the 3QZ forward support battalion at Camp Casey. 
As a platoon leader, she was responsible for all the admin is- 
Eration and concerns of over 90 so Idlers. She was then 
pHMttoCEii tO' IsE Metitenant. She will be stationed in Fort 
Bragg, NC, for the nest three years. 

Jennifer Lordan 

^Tiile ralctTiig coiiflTses in physics and medical terminology, 
Jennifer is working as a rehab iMtation technician in the 
therapy department of the Sheltering Arms Rehab ihtation 
Hospital in Hanover, VA. She is assisting with the treat- 
ment of patients recovering &om. such things as strokes and 
hip. Eeplacements- 

Kflstin Ohieger 

Krisrin cooamissioned into the Navy. She attended flight 
school in Texas and received her wings in February 20Q1. 
She is now a naval aviator flying the SH60 Foxtrot heh- 
copter, a carrier-based aircraft. She wiU be involved 
primarily in search and rescue operations. "This is the best 
thing I could have ever done!" she says. 

Megan Robinson 

Megan is working as manager of educational services at The 
Advisory Board Company, a strategic research and publish- 
ing femi in Washington, DC. She is also training and 
fumdraiskiig far the Avon Breast Cancer 3 -Day. 

Janet Kreckman 

Janet is working in media services for 
Barber Martin Advertising in Rich- 
mond, VA and learning how to buy 
radio, television, and print advertis- 
mg. She hopes to move up to full 
"media buyer" soon. 

Amalie Charbonnet 

.A.malie reported to Newport, Rl, 
Surface Warfare School as an ensign 
in the Navy immediately after gradu- 
ation. Next was Communications 
School and Gunnery School. In 
November, Amalie deployed as the 
gunnery officer and ordnance officer 
aboard the USS Hewitt. She is cur- 
rently with Operation Southern 
Watch in the Arabian Gulf. 

Sue Ko 

Sue Ko is studying for her doctor of chiropractic degree at 
the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL. 
She expects to graduate in 2004. 

Sherri McCracken 

Sherri is in her final semester at the Medical College of Vir- 
ginia, She is a rehabilitation teacher at the Virginia 
Department of the Blind and Vision Impaired helping peo- 
ple maintain or acquire independence. She will receive her 
degree in rehabilitation counseling this spring. 

Katherine Grisdale 

After commissioning in the Army, Katherine attended the 
Signal Officer Basic Course at Ft. Gordon, GA. Five 
months later she was sent to Germany to be the signal 
officer for the 101st Military Intelligence Battalion, First 
Infantry Division. In Germany, she was deployed down- 
range to Kosovo for seven months, where she was the 
operations battle captain for 101 MI (mihtary 
inteUigence). After returning from Kosovo, she moved to 
the 121st, where she was the large extension node pla- 
toon leader for Charlie Company. She was promoted to 
1st Ueutenant in November. Currently, she is the execu- 
tive officer for Charlie Company and the only female 

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by Sarah Kennedy V -^ 

The beginning ot a poem, tor me, is 
usually a nagging phrase or image. 
Often, that initial impulse to write 
disappears in drafting and revising, hut 
sometimes it remains an integral part ot the 
poem, needing perhaps to be moved, 
enhanced, or muted. The latter was the 
case in the drafting of "Framing." This 
poem began with the image of the speaker 
poised at the top of a ladder watching 
approaching military jets, an experience 
grounded in my personal history. I did once 
build a house, and I often had to withstand 
the noise of the jets that cut right across 
the property I lived on during their maneu- 
vers. By itself, however, the event didn't 
have the impact or resonance to make a 

As I recorded details, however, an 
unexpected thing happened: another char- 
acter, the speaker's husband, appeared in 
the poem, standing on a ladder at the 
other end of the beam she was 
holding. What unconscious forces 
produced his appearance 1 don't 
know, but once there, his presence 
signaled the larger issues for the poem. 
Here's what the first draft of "Framing" 
looked like: 

We're opposing each other at the corners of the last beam 

Before the rafters go up, and you poise the hammer. 

Ready to strike. I'm wound around the other end, 

Shouldering the wood Into place. Ready? 

You call, and I nod. It's the first word 

Either of us has said all afternoon, though we've been working 

Arm against arm since lunch, measuring, correcting, jostling 

The unwieldy thing through the saw. We set two ladders 

And climbed into place without letting eyes meet. 

Hoisted our ends of rope-locked wood onto corner-posts. 

I don't remember what we began with this time, 

My pilot father's disdain for the farming life, your father's 

Dislike of a woman with a hammer In her hand? You might have said, 

I'm just not built like your father, that could have been enough, 

I might have said, This isn't his home anymore, is it? And that 

Would have cut It. I draped my arms over the beam and stared down 

Into the skeleton box that we already call our living room until 

You rocked the beam without looking my way. Now I'm waiting 

For the ripple of the hammer-blow to startle my skin, but nothing comes. 

I look up, and you're stahng at the horizon north of here. 

You're quiet, but I already know what you're seeing: military jets 

Slicing this way on maneuvers, always so low In the sky 

That they sent one of last weekend's gilders diving, who thought 

He was flying safe. I see them now, too, five of them in formation. 

But we won't hear them until the sonic boom shakes our fingers loose. 

Long after they're past our heads. What else Is there to do but hang on? 

It's too late to tell you that I've always been afraid of heights. I stretch 

My arm down the pale body of the poplar, for stability, for balance. 

I brace my cheek and feel the whole frame start to tremble. 

I see you reaching out, too, there's nothing for us to do but hold on, 

Even If you shouted out now, take it down, take it down, 

I wouldn't be able to hear you over the scream of blood in my ears. 

Mnry Baldwin (.lollei;e .Magazine • .Spring "2001 

This draft got down on paper many of the details I wanted and set 
the stage for the conflict between the speaker (1 chose first person 
for immediacy) and her husband. As 1 re-read this draft, however, 
two problems became clear. First, I'd started with an "idea" — the 
opposition of the two characters — and tried to drive that 
through the poem with language and detail to support it — "the 
first word/ either of us has said all afternoon," "that/ would have 
cut it," "without looking my way" — instead of looking for ways 
to dramatize the conflict. Second, many of the details about the 
jets — their number, their noise, the fact that they'd almost hit a 
glider — were true to my experience, but irrelevant to the argu- 
ment between the characters, which had emerged as an issue 
larger than the speaker and the jets. The ending, too, seemed 
both histrionic for the character and anti-climactic for the anger 
between the couple, a disastrous combination for a poem. 

What to do? The first step, painful as it was, was to elimi- 
nate unnecessary details and repetition. Last weekend's glider 
needed to go. The speaker's husband didn't need to repeat take 
it down, especially since he never actually says it; she only 
imagines that he might. The couple didn't need to avoid look- 
ing at each other twice. 

Still, the problem of the abstract opening remained. I want- 
ed to keep the word "oppose" in some form to initiate the poem's 
tone toward the marriage, but the poem fell flat right in the first 
line. But there, in line three, was the phrase "the other end." 
Other? What about "opposing"? The solution presented itself, and 
suddenly other options for condensing the language and tighten- 
ing the poem became obvious. A "woman with a hammer in her 
hand" became a "woman wielding a hammer" (which necessitat- 
ed, domino-fashion, the change of "unwieldy thing" to "bulky 
thing"). The "ripple of the hammer-blow" became the "hammer- 
blow's ripple," eliminating a boring and unnecessary preposition. 
The rhetorical question was a stronger, more dramatic expression 
of the speaker's feelings than the flat statement, "there's nothing 
for us to do but hold on," so I moved the question and discarded 
the statement. 1 combined the two sentences describing how the 
speaker clings to the beam into one. 

The poem was tightening up nicely, but the ending still wasn't 
right. What was it about this couple I was trying to convey? 

Well, there was building (a house, a marriage), there was 
anger (at each other, at their fathers), there was the shared 
irrational fear of the jets. Most of all, however, there was silence. 
Even when they speak, or imagine they speak, this couple fails to 
understand or really answer each other. The "whole frame" of their 
marriage is starting to "tremble." They've talked at each other, but 
they haven't talked with each other. Having realized this, 1 discov- 
ered the solution to my ending: invert the order of the speaker's 
thoughts, so that she's aware of her loud pulse, hut more aware that, 
no matter what her husband said, she couldn't (wouldn't) hear him. 

Is this poem "finished"? It feels so to me, today, right now, 
though as I printed it up for this article, I discovered a phrase that I 
let stand when the poem was published, the tag is it? at the end of 
one question that seems now to need to go. Was it Eliot who 
reminded us that poems are never finished, just abandoned? That's 
probably the case with "Framing." After all, my glider now floats 
out there without a place to land and may need a poem of his own. 


At the corner of the last beam before the rafters 
go up, you poise the hammer, ready to strike. 
I'm wound around the opposing end, 

shouldering the wood into place. Ready? 

you call, and I nod: the first word 

of the afternoon, though we've been working 

arm against arm, measuring, correcting, jostling 
the bulky thing through the saw. We set two ladders, 
climbed into place, and, without letting eyes meet, 

hoisted our ends of rope-locked wood onto corner-posts. 
What did we begin with this time, my father's 
disdain for the farming life, your father's 

dislike of a woman wielding a hammer? You 
might have said, I'm just not built like your fattier, 
I might have said, this isn't liis place anymore. 

Draping my arms over the wood, I stared down 
into the skeleton box of our living room 
until you rocked the beam. Now I wait 

for the hammer-blow's ripple to startle my skin, 

but nothing comes. You're staring at the horizon; jets 

in formation slice this way on maneuvers. We won't hear 

them until the sonic boom shakes our fingers loose. 
I stretch my arm down the poplar's pale body 
for stability, brace my cheek, and balance 

while the whole frame start to tremble. It's too late 

to tell you I've always been afraid 

of heights. You're reaching out, too. What else 

is there for us to do but hold on? Even 
if you shouted out now, take it down, against 
the blood-beat in my ears, I couldn't hear. 

Sarah Kennedy is an 
assistant professor of 
English at Mary Bald- 
win. She is the author 
of a book of poetry, 
From the Midland Plain 
(Tryon Publishers, 
1999), and is winner of 
the 2001 Nebraska 
Review Award in Poetry. 

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An Answer 
for Jim Lott 

I give a poem 

To a good friend 

As a first way 

Of thanking him 

For a question. 

Taking my words 

In his hands, he 

Leaves without 

Speaking. I sit 

On a marble step, 

Letting him go 

But wanting to 

Run. I must wait. 

My arms chilled, 

My watch undone. 

He is a best reader, and he 

Will know if I 

Have honored him. 

- Joe Garrison 

If I could have my way in the matter, 1 would like to walk into one of the 
classrooms in the old Academic Building and see my good friend and English dis- 
cipline colleague, Jim Lott, seated at one of the tables in the classroom getting ready 
to begin the afternoon class jointly taught by us for senior English majors in the 
early 1970s. Our textbook was entitled, quite simply. The Poem: An Anthology; but 
the pages of my worn desk copy are still crowded with the marginal comments, 
markings, and preparation ideas which I am now rereading as I begin to relive, for a 
few moments, some of the remarkable ways in which Jim shared with me, and with 
our students, his skills and gifts as a master teacher of the language arts. 

Tucked ben\'een two pages of that textbook, 1 find a note, bearing a student's 
name, which 1 had passed across the table to him during a class. And 1 know that he 
will see that student named Polly Roulac (Class of 1970) just as clearly now as he 
did 31 years ago when, with a widely curious and almost luminous smile, she asked a 
question about one of the strophes in William Wordsworth's "Ode: Intimations of 
Immortality' from Recollections of Early Childhood." 

Jim responded to Polly's question with another question, a question about the 
odd mixture of images of sound and sight in four lines of the fourth strophe of the 

I hear, I hear, with joy 1 hear! 

— But there's a Tree, of many, one, 

A single field which I have looked upon. 

Both of them speak of something that is gone. ... 

And anyone who was in that classroom, hearing the true pitch of Jim's teaching 
voice as he read those lines aloud to us, will always remember his loyalty' to the 
wakefulness of spoken words, just as anyone who was in Hunt Lounge on that 
beautiful spring afternoon two years ago, attending the college's presentation of fac- 
ulty and staff ser\'ice awards, will always remember Jim's joy as he joined me in 
saying two lines by Robert Frost, and will also remember yet again and again the 
pure wonder and delight of his voice as it rose and broke in the full happiness of 
having known the lines so immediately and so well that he might e\'en ha\-e been 
said to have written them himself: 

The Span of Life 

The old dog barks backward without getting up. 
I can remember when he was a pup. 

So let this stor>- be recorded here, in a public place, as my story of gratefulness 
to Jim for the two thousand and one ways in which the teachings and learnings at 
Mary Baldwin College have been made better, by his part in their makings, than 
they might otherwise ha\'e been made. Thank you, Jim. 

- Joe Garrison 
Professor Emeritus of English 

Spring 2001 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

"1 believe that 
Jim loves his Hfe. 
Family, children, 
friends, without 
The world of 
ideas, without 
he loves being 
around talented, 
educated, intelli- 
gent people. 
But he also 
loves the real 
world. He 
enjoys the 
foibles and 
eccentricities a 
college serves up 
in quantity. 
He likes getting 
to know new 
people, coming 
to understand 
how they work, 
coming to appre- 
ciate strengths 
and weaknesses. 
He likes the 
view from his 

I could write a hook about Jim because 1 admire 
him so much after 1 5 years in the administra- 
tive foxhole with him. 

I have always been amazed by how well 
adjusted Jim is emotionally. No matter what 
kind of pressures he has faced, I've never caught 
him depressed or in a had mood. He's never 
more than a word or two from a smile and a 
chuckle. He is blessed with the kind of wisdom 
that never lets him lose perspective and the kind 
of generosity of spirit that lets him shrug off 
issues that would leave most of us muttering to 

We've been through some very tough times 
together — budget crises, tenure decisions, fac- 
ulty uproar, legal threats, the kind of things it's 
hard to laugh at. But no matter how hard things 
are, Jim is always Jim. I remember the times we'd 
sneak cigarettes in his office, blowing smoke out 
the window like school boys so no one would 
know what we non-smokers were up to while we 
worked our way through the issue of the day, 
always with plenty of humor. Jim would laugh 
and say, "Now what else can we do to destroy 
the last vestige of academic integrity?" It's one of 
our standing jokes. 

I believe that Jim loves his life. Family, chil- 
dren, grandchildren, friends, without question. 
TTie world of ideas, without question; he loves 
being around talented, educated, intelligent peo- 
ple. But he also loves the real world. He enjoys 
the foibles and eccentricities a college serves up 
in quantity. He likes getting to know new people, 
coming to understand how they work, coming to 
appreciate strengths and weaknesses. He likes the 
view from his window. 

■ Lewis Askegaard 
Registrar and Associate Dean 

I first met Jim when we were M.A. students at 
Vanderbilt. He was bright and fun to be with. 
But when study time was over in the evening, 
he always disappeared to see Pam. NX^o was this 
mysterious person? Was there such a person? Did 
he just want to rid himself of us? We wondered. 

Jim was hired to teach English at Mary 
Baldwin College in 1964. I met Pam when I 
came to the college for an interview in 1965. 

She was anything but mythical. She was Jim's 
wife! And they have been a team for all these 
years, supporting and entertaining students and 
colleagues. When the English department had 
visiting scholars come to speak to our students, 
the Lotts often hosted evenings with good food 
and fun conversations. 

With his intelligence, his wit, and his 
knowledge of the college, Jim was a perfect 
choice in 1986 for dean of the college. I wanted 
him to be dean, but it was with mixed emotions: 
I would lose a friend; students would lose an out- 
standing teacher; the English department would 
lose a valued colleague. 

1 was wrong on all counts. 

Jim taught, despite all the demands on his 
time. World Literature and 18th Century Litera- 
ture. His teaching helped him keep in touch 
with faculty and students. And he supported stu- 
dents in all their endeavors — theater, sports, 
concerts. In fact, he attended more student 
activities than any of us on the faculty. 

Another thing I appreciated as a faculty 
member was Jim's ability to manage potentially 
divisive faculty meetings. An unfortunate dis- 
agreement often ended with laughter as he 
lightened the charged atmosphere with a quip 
and a gesture. 

Jim Lott did not change with position, 
power, and prestige. He remained himself, a 
model for all. We say good-bye to this dean, this 
friend, this teacher, this colleague, but we joy in 
his leisure to pursue his creative talents. The 
campus will miss his active presence, but he will, 
1 know, continue to be a vital part of this com- 

- Ethel Smeak 
Professor Emerita of English 

Current students and recent graduates may 
not know that Jim was once considered 
quite the faculty honey. Despite being happily 
married to the wonderful Pam and being the 
father of David, Mary, Emily, and William, he 
still had the capacity to set hearts aflutter. In the 
fall of my senior year, I had the great fun of play- 
ing opposite him in A Midsummer Night's Dream. 
When one of my hallmates found out who my 

Mary Pjalilwin tloUegt' Miigazint;' • Spring ^001 

castmates were, she nearly swooned. With that 
dreamy look in her eyes, she gushed, "You get to 
play opposite Dr. Lott!! You are so lucky!" 

Sitting in one of Jim Lott's classes was a joy. 
From Paradise Lose to Portrait of the Artist as a 
YotmgMan, he brought to life ever^^ piece of lit- 
erature we studied. After all these years, I still 
think of his approach to literature when I pick 
up a book. 

When Jim became dean of the college, I felt 
sorr^' for those students who would be unable to 
sit in his classes or have him as an advisor, but 
the college has certainly benefited from his 
tenure. His quick wit and capacity- to listen have 
sen'ed him well, he has taken his praise with 
humility and his criticism with grace, and he has 
always been the perfect gentleman. 

- Martha Gates Gamer 78 

I remember Dr. Lott with great fondness. When 
he was my freshman English professor, he gave 
the class an assignment to wTite a short essay 
about what an average day was like during ele- 
mentary school years. In my paper I reminisced 
that after school 1 liked to watch "Dark Shad- 
ows" on television and eat "oriole" cookies. 
When the papers were graded and being 
returned, he paused at my desk and said with a 
sly grin, "Debi, you certainly do have strange 
preferences in snack foods." I still laugh today 
remembering my embarrassment. 

- Deborah (Debi) Hardie '84 

Jim Lott once traveled to Houston, TX, to 
meet alumnae and read from his own work. 
After he had read his short stor\-, 1 told my 
niece, who attended the gathering with me, how 
terrific 1 thought the stor^' was. Later that week, 
my niece contacted Dean Lott, and he sent her 
a copy of the stor\' for my birthday. Of course, 1 
was thrilled with my gift. 1 keep the copy care- 
fully tucked into one of my yearbooks. 

- Emily Dethloff Ryan '63 


en Jim's appointment as dean was 
armounced, 1 had to call him. Kidding but 

also asking for assurance that his appointment 
would not damage him, 1 congratulated him and 
warned of a disease endemic in academe known 
as Deanliness. He thanked me for the warning, 
recognized it as wise, but didn't think he'd be 
likely to succumb. With an audible grin, he said, 
"Pam will see to that." He was right; she did, 
and he went on to ser\'e as a man'elous, undean- 
ly administrator, on a par with Martha Grafton. 

1 also cherish recollections of his brilliant 
roles in plays as various as medieval music-dra- 
mas for Theater Wagon in France, Oscar Wilde 
for the Oak Grove, and Gilbert & Sullivan in 
the Fletcher Collins Theatre. Recollections of 
his reading his latest short stor^- for a Theater 
Wagon writers' group on a Simday afternoon are 
vivid but less copious because the deanly load 
e\"entually gave him less time to wTite. 

To have James D. Lott and C-ynthia H. 
Tyson simultaneously in the top leadership spots 
for many years has been an extraordinary- gift for 
the college. It explains the great success of Mar^' 
Baldwin during this period — and beyond. 

- Retcher Collins Jr. 
Professor Emeritus of Theatre 

In 1997-98, Judy Klein, an economics professor 
at MBC, spent a wonderful year as a fellow at 
the National Humanities Center outside of 
Chapel Hill, NC. When she came back, she 
went straight to Dean Lott and said, "Every Fri- 
day afternoon, ever^'one at the Center, scholars 
ftom all over the world, got together and 
danced. There was no fear of dancing, and it just 
brought the morale right up. Ever^'one felt really 
good, and this is what we should have here." 
Immediately, Jim said, "Of course. Let's have a 
pawf" So he rented McCormick's and told 
everyone he would cater it and drinks would be 
on the house. He got Alan Moye to be the disc 
jockey. So the part^' went on. (A faculty- member 
from another institution could not believe that a 
dean was giving a part\' for his faculty' and that it 
was going to be a rock and roll part\'.) Jim sent 
out invitations. Some people said, "Well, we bet- 
ter go because it's the dean giving it," but most 
people just loved the idea. The house was 
brought down. The part>- lasted until closing 

"When it was 
over, we walked 
out onto the 
front porch to 
leave and 
thanked Jim 
and Pam. They 
were standing 
with their anus 
around each 
other. The street 
was so quiet. 
Then they started 
serenading us 
with "Midnight 
Ladies," holding 
both of their amis 
up, harmonizing 
perfectly, as we 
got into the car." 

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Soutlibomic . 

by Nina Baxley '92 

Ground Zero 

Thru-hiking, i first leamed of this 

phenomenon in 1990. A biology minor at 
Mary Baldwin College (Go, Squirrels!), I was 
on Dr. Eric Jones' ecology class field trip to 
North Carolina's Outer Banks. On that trip, I 
met Tina Seay, a student who had recently 
taken a seven-month honeymoon with her hus- 
band, Greg. No, they hadn't gone to Europe, 
Nepal, or some other far-away place. They had 
hiked the entire Appalachian Trail — a trail 
that Tina fondly referred to as the "AT," as if it 
were a nickname for an old, treasured friend. 
Not only was I impressed by Tina, but I was 
inspired, too — this sounded like the adventure 
of a lifetime. Thus, in 1990, my own dream of 
hiking the AT was bom. 

Somehow, 10 years managed to go by, and I 
still hadn't hiked it. Instead, I pursued a couple 
of academic degrees, moved five times, held six 
jobs (not all at once), figured out anagrams for 
people's names (mine is "Axial Benny"), inter- 
preted some dreams, read some books, wrote 
some songs, raised some cats, and did a myriad 
of other important (and not-so-important) 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

things. During that time, my dream of hiking 
the AT just sort of faded. 

Then, at age 30, 1 found myself all packed 
and ready to hike for six months. Why then? 
Unlike many "thru-hikers," (people who 
attempt to hike the entire trail in a single 
stretch) I wasn't at any recognizable transition 
in life. I wasn't graduating, I wasn't having a 
midlife crisis, I wasn't getting divorced, and I 
wasn't quite ready to retire. In fact, I was work- 
ing as a technical writer, which I found both 
challenging and rewarding, for a company called 
lEM. I also enjoyed a supportive family, good 
friends, a nice place to live, and two wonderful 

So why was I walking away from it all to 
hike 2,167 miles? Because I could! Actually, my 
reasons for thru-hiking were probably no differ- 
ent from many people's reasons. Like most (if 
not all) hikers, I feel a connection to the woods 
and get a sense of peace and rejuvenation there 
that I can't find elsewhere. Hiking sharpens my 
focus and clears my mind of the petty, trivial 
thoughts that tend to take over when I'm living 
in "civilization." I looked forward to experienc- 
ing that phenomenon long-term on the AT 


Also, I looked forward to the 
company of other AT hikers. 
Having read that thru-hikers 
are a special breed, I antici- 
pated meeting those free 
spirits who are almost as 
crazy and stubborn as I am! 

My most important rea- 
son for thru-hiking was the 
challenge: the opportunity 
to grow and change in ways 
— positive ways — that I 
couldn't imagine. Before my 
thru-hike, I wrote, "I don't 
know how I'll change; that's 
a secret that the trail will 
pass on to me when I'm 
ready (or maybe when I'm 
not ready). I want to stop 
being scared of life, and I'm 
ready to step out of my 
comfy little world and face 
the physical, mental, and 
spiritual challenges of an AT 
thru-hike." Stepping out 
into that world was tough; 
the ruggedness of the trail in 
Maine and New Hampshire, 
and the frigid temperatures 
in the south were two of the 
biggest challenges I met on 
my six-month trek. 

MILE 182.7 

July 2000 

Bigelow Mountain, Maine 

On MY WAY UP Little 
Bigelow, my first mountain 
of the day, I watched as a 

few dark gray 
clouds, most of 
them at eye 
level, began to 
gather. Above 
me, the sky was 
still clear, but I 
saw several 
clouds ahead of 
me take on a 
mushroom-like appearance, 
puffy on top and seeming to 
stretch thinly toward the 
earth. I realized with 
amazement that this was 
rain falling from the clouds; 
I was watching "scattered 
showers" on what must 
have been an exciting map 
for a weatherman. I was 
fascinated to see nature in 
action this way — what a 

A lake in the distance 
was underneath one of 
those clouds, and its 
waters were choppy from 
the precipitation. The 
cloud above it was moving 
fast — in my direction, no 
less. I hadn't stood on 
Avery Peak for five min- 
utes before that cloud was 
over me, and I felt balls of 
ice pelting my head. A 
hailstorm! I quickly took 
off my pack, covered it 
with a trash bag, and 
pulled on my rain jacket. 
Meanwhile, chilly gusts 
swept across the summit, 
and icy hail pelted my 
bare legs. As soon as I 
could shoulder my 30- 
pound pack, I started 
down the peak, its pointed 
rocks slick with ice and 
water. I could feel myself 
shivering as I made my 
way down, slipping and 

grabbing hold of rocks to 
keep from falling. I didn't 
know if I was shivering 
from fear or hypothermia. 
I just knew, as the storm 
grew stronger, that I need- 
ed to keep descending 
until I found safety below 
the trees. 

The hail soon turned 
into a cold, driving rain. 1 
took a short break at 
Avery Memorial Campsite, 
but I couldn't stop long 
because of the threat of 
hypothermia. Fully 
exhausted and chilled to 
the bone, I made my way 
over West Peak, which 
was the second peak of 
Bigelow Mountain. Some- 
where between West Peak 
and South Horn, the final 
peak of the day, the light- 
ning started. 

I continued hiking. 
The trail went up, up, up, 
over slippery, wet rocks. 
The rain just got harder, 
and it was nearly horizon- 
tal from the heavy winds. I 
wanted to stop and rest, 
but I needed to get over 
the mountain. I shut out 
all thoughts of fatigue and 
frustratioii, and my legs 
just kept pumping. It was 
as if my mind were on 
autopilot, my legs on 
cruise control. 

After what seemed 
like endless hiking, I 
found myself at Horns 
Pond Lean-To that 
evening, finally safe and 
surrounded by a handful of 
other hikers, two of whom 
had hiked the last two 
peaks with me. My hands 
warmed by a steaming cup 

ot herbal tea, 1 began to 
write in my journal. "It's 
hard to believe I've actual- 
ly hiked 182.7 miles of the 
Appalachian Trail," I 
wrote. "That seems like 
such a long way. 1 feel like 
I've already spent a life- 
time out here." 

I had started the trail 
at Mt. Katahdin in Baxter 
State Park, Maine, on 
June 20, 2000. Only 
1,984.4 miles and five and 
a half months to go before 
1 would reach Springer 
Mountain, the southern 
terminus of the 
Appalachian Trail. 

MILE 2,167.1 

December 2000 
Amicalola Falls State 
Park, Georgia 
Miles Remaining: About 
700 miles back to 
Louisiana (by CAR!!) 

At 5:15 A.M., I heard 
my fellow hiker, whom we 
called "Not Yet," stirring 
next to me at Gooch Gap 
Shelter. I knew it was time. 
Today was the day we 
would summit Springer 
Mountain. Today, after six 
months of hiking from 
Maine to Georgia, we 
would complete our thru- 
hikes. Not Yet's fiance 
would drive up USPS 42 
and hike the final mile of 
the trail with us to the 

It was so cold that it 
took tremendous motiva- 
tion for me to emerge from 
my sleeping bag and pre- 
pare to hike. I checked the 

Mary Baldwin (lollego Magazine • Spring "2001 

thermometer on my pack: 
it was a frigid three 
degrees below zero in the 

One of the most 
unpleasant sensations a 
thru-hiker experiences 
has got to be that of 
putting cold feet into 
frozen boots. I'd tried 
several methods of pre- 
venting my boots from 
freezing at night, but 
nothing has worked with 
the cold temps we've had 
lately. I spent several 
minutes working those 
boots on this morning; 
they were frozen solid, 
and it was like trying to 
put on boots that were 
three sizes too 

Although I 
was miserable 
with cold, I was 
excited about 
Springer, which 
was about 16 
miles away. Not 
only would 
Springer signify 
the end of my 
thru-hike and the 
reaching of a 
major goal, but 
also it meant that 
I would be sleep- 
ing INSIDE that 
night ... and the 
next night ... and 
the next night. 
After hiking for nearly a 
month in temperatures 
that mostly ranged from 
single-digits to the mid- 
40s, I felt ready to return 
to the comforts of civi- 
lization — at least for 


It's said that your 
whole life flashes before 
your eyes when you're 
about to die. Well, my 
whole thru-hike seemed 
to flash before my eyes as 
1 walked the final eight 
miles to Springer. I fond- 
ly remembered the day I 
summitted Mt. Katahdin 
at the beginning of my 
journey. I also thought of 
my deceased grandfather, 
Leo Baxley, whose pres- 
ence I had felt so many 
times on my thru-hike. 1 
first felt that he was with 
me in Maine as I climbed 
Katahdin. After that, I 
would often get an 

intense feeling that he 
was nearby, especially in 
the mountains. I could 
sense that he was walking 
these final miles with me, 
watching over me, mak- 
ing sure, as always, that I 

safely reached my desti- 

1 smiled a lot and 
cried a lot during those 
final miles. The hike 
wasn't quite the "victory 
lap" I'd imagined, since 
we were moving so slowly 
and I never did stop feel- 
ing miserably cold. But 
then again, nothing on 
this hike had turned out 
the way I imagined. And 
that was good. 

We reached USPS 
42, 0.9 miles from the 
summit, at approximately 
2:45 in the afternoon. "Is 
this where everyone was 
supposed to meet us?" I 

"1 think so," replied 
Not Yet. 

The parking lot was 
deserted, save for a blue 
truck covered in snow 
that belonged to two sec- 
tion hikers we'd met the 
day before. 

We found a note on 
the information board 
from another hiker, say- 
ing that USPS 42 was 
open but barely passable. 
As a result, the people 
we'd expected to see — 
my mom, my dad, my sis- 
ter, and my friends Jim 
and Maggie — were 
nowhere to be seen. So 
Not Yet and I started up 
the final 0.9 miles to the 

Not Yet raced ahead, 
but 1 was so exhausted by 
the day's hike that it took 
every ounce of energy I 
had to keep moving. 
Pinally, I could see the 
plaque that marks the 

southern terminus of the 
Appalachian Trail. Not 
Yet was waiting for me, 
and we hugged, laughed, 
congratulated each other, 
and took pictures. 

My Springer summit 
was similar to my 
Katahdin summit in that 
I was too tired to jump 
up and down, yell, and 
otherwise express my 
jubilation at reaching the 
big goal. We were happy 
but subdued. The last 
month of hiking had 
been tough, and we were 
all glad to end this long, 
arduous trek through the 
cold and snow. 

It was a fitting way 
to end our thru-hikes. 
Not Yet and I had talked 
about how Mt. Katahdin 
is sort of an exclamation 
point for northbounders 
ending their thru-hikes 
(most thru-hikers start in 
Georgia and hike north 
to Maine), and how 
Springer is more like a 
period at the end of a 
sentence. We'd had 
incredible journeys, and 
now it was time to go 

And so "normal life" 
began once more. No 
more sleeping outside, no 
more hiking all day long, 
no more following white 
blazes. That night in the 
hotel room, I was 
exhausted but happy. Six 
months before, I had 
taken the first step 
toward fulfilling a dream. 
That afternoon, after 
months filled with strug- 
gles, triumphs, and joys, I 

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Becky Cannady Merchant, Lynn Butts Preston, 
Shearer Troxell Luck at Phantom Ranch 

For almost 20 years now the three ot 
us, las tres amigas, Lynn Butts Pre- 
ston, Shearer Troxell Luck and 1, 
have been conducting our own traveling 
reunions, alternating between eastern and 
western America, often meeting up with 
other Mary Baldwin alums. We have 
been snowed m at the Old Faithful Inn in 
Yellowstone, listened to jazz at the Spole- 
to Arts Festival in Charleston, SC, visited 
our beloved friend and classmate Nancy 
Ely Wright in Roswell, NM, walked to 
Horseshoe Canyon in the Maze in Utah, 
tromped through the wash of the Canyon 
De Chelly in Arizona, collected conch 
shells at Sanibel Island in Florida. And 
we have hiked the Grand Canyon twice. 
There is no perceptible rise in eleva- 
tion as we drive north toward the 
Canyon from Williams, AZ, no change in 
otherwise ordinary scenery, not even a 
canyonette by way of prologue to that 
amazing hole in the earth. There are no 

flashy advertisements on billboards, no 
tacky signs or indications ot first "sight- 
ings," only highway mileage markers. The 
Grand Canyon is allowed to speak for 

Even after we are greeted by the 
brown-and-green-suited National Park 
Service ranger at her entrance gate, col- 
lect activity brochures and maps, drive 
through the smoke ot a controlled bum, 
and arri\'e at the Bright Angel Lodge, it is 
still not clear that we are anywhere spe- 
cial. We walk through the front door of 
the lodge, a modest brown wooden A- 
frame building, into a lobby with high 
ceilings and an enormous stone fireplace. 
After checking in, we push our way past 
the noise and bustle of backpackers and 
busloads of Asians, Germans, and French, 
out through the glassed back door, and 
there it is — that great, vast, ribboned 
layer cake — the Grand Canyon. 

The lodge complex is nestled right 


Mary Baldwin College Magazine • .Spring "2001 

up against the edge of the South Rim 
with a wide, paved pedestrian avenue, 
perfect for promenading. The walkway, 
which must be 500 feet long and 20 feet 
wide with a three-foot stone wall at the 
canyon drop-off, is crammed with parad- 
ing visitors, people from everywhere on 
the planet, delighted to be at this remote, 
almost inaccessible, wonder of the world. 
A spirit of festivity, of celebration, of 
almost giddiness reigns. Tourists are 
laughing, taking photographs, sitting on 
the stone wall, drinking champagne, and 
looking through binoculars and those tall 
telescopes that charge 25 cents for a 60- 
second close-up of the monoliths. It is 
America's Champs Elysee. 

The three of us are caught up in the 
intoxication as well, but our journey is 
not yet accomplished. While most folks 
have arrived at their destination and are 
content to relax and stroll and absorb the 
views across the ten miles to the North 

Rim, we look with anxiety at a diminish- 
ing line a mile below, the Bright Angel 
Trail. This is the path we will be walking 
tomorrow, all the way to the bottom, 
across the Colorado River, on to Phan- 
tom Ranch. 

1 have often wondered, even after 
reading Stephen Ambrose's Undaunted 
Courage, if Lewis and Clark spent as 
much time and effort as we have in 
preparing for their western adventure. 
After all, they were used to self-sufficien- 
cy and physical effort; we are soft and 
spoiled by the comforts of modem life, 
and it has been years since we have 
chugged up the leg-aching hills of Mary 
Baldwin College, so we have taken our 
training seriously. 

The fear factor has kept us motivat- 
ed and focused, no one wanting to be 
hauled out of the canyon by a helicopter 
or across the back of a mule like a sack of 
commeal, a mortifying and expensive 

alternative to putting one foot in front of 
the other. We've walked hundreds of 
miles, climbed mountains, run up stadium 
steps — sometimes backwards — pulled 
ourselves up the breakout hill at VMl, 
attended aerobics classes, worked out 
with weights and treadmills, hired a per- 
sonal trainer. In addition to the major job 
of getting our 50-plus-year-old bodies in 
shape and our new boots broken in, we 
have spent hours studying maps, reading 
about the Southwest, making practical 
arrangements, and deciding what to take 
to the bottom — how little can we sur- 
vive on for three days? You'd be 

The next day, a sunny frigid Monday, 
begins early with a quiet, nervous break- 
fast of pancakes and too much coffee and 
the final preparations — after months of 
planning — for our excellent ordeal. 

With muscles honed, backpacks 
stuffed, and water bottles filled, we set off. 

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Lynn and I are a two-woman team down 
the Bright Angel Trail. (Shearer has 
elected to descend the shorter — seven 
miles as opposed to ten — but steeper 
South Kaihob Trail.) We've done this 
before, seven younger years ago, and 
know what's ahead, which makes the 
trek psychologically but not physically 
easier. Last time, I obsessed about it — 
the difficulty, the danger. My mother 
worried too: "Honey, I hope you won't 
get lost." A near impossibility, 1 assured 
her. Like Hansel and Gretel, who fol- 
lowed a trail of bread crumbs, we could 
follow mule droppings. 

Not long after our start, the dreaded 
mule trains shove us aside, at least six of 
them, one passing us every half hour or 
so. They have the right of way. At the 
first sound of clomping four-footed 
beasts and yells from the trail boss, we 
start looking around for wide spaces in 
the trail where we can dive out of the 
way and plaster ourselves against the 
canyon wall. 

Fortunately, the Bright Angel path- 
makers cut generous swaths, so that two 
people can walk abreast, and there are 
occasional shrub-protected nooks for 
resting. The trail is dusty and sandy and 
changes colors, from white to yellow to 
red to black, depending on the millenni- 
um into which we have descended. 
After the trip, our boots could probably 
be analyzed for geological DNA. 

For most of the hike, the canyon 
walls are wide apart and provide expan- 
sive views of the distant mountain 
ridges. They do not close in until the 
trail descends into the deep interior, the 
last leg of the Bright Angel trek, just 
before it reaches the Colorado River. 

Halfway down is Indian Gardens, a 
shady relief from the sun and the grit. 
This little oasis is a grove of cottonwood 
trees beside the rapidly flowing Pipe 
Creek. It has picnic tables, rest rooms, 
camping sites, and fearless chipmunks 

and mule deer who thrive on the mercy 
and leavings of visitors. 

The last half of the trip, the five 
miles to the Colorado River and Phan- 
tom Ranch, we travel at a leisurely pace, 
meeting almost no one. The day hikers 
have returned to the lodge and dinner; 
the mule riders are safely corralled at 
Phantom Ranch, and the more deter- 
mined hikers have passed us by. Lynn 
and I want to know, what's the hurry? 
The male hikers generally say they want 
to "make good time," and it is a major 
topic of conversation when we arrive: 
"So, how long were you on the trail?" 
We raise a lot of eyebrows with reports 
of our record-setting snail's pace — per- 
haps not Guinness Book quality, but 
right up there — ot more than eight 
hours to walk the 10 miles DOWN. 
(The park service folks say to allow 
twice as long to go up as to come 

The rewards of lingering allow us 
literally to smell the roses that grow 
along the way just below Indian 
Gardens, under the cottonwoods by the 
side of the creek. The small pink flowers 
have a fragrance as sweet and inviting as 
honeysuckle on a June evening at my 
home in Virginia. 

By the time we arrive at Devil's 
Corkscrew, the final steep drop to the 
canyon floor, we have the place to our- 
selves. From the top of this fascinating 
configuration, which reminds me of 
shootouts in old western movies, we can 
clearly see the mile-and-a-half pattern of 
exposed switchbacks, 15 by my count. 
At the bottom, enclosed by dark canyon 
walls that the area geologists call the 
Vishnu Schist, we walk the long mile to 
the Colorado River, fording the creek 
that crosses our path at least three times. 
So delighted are we at the sight of that 
river, a beautiful green, rushing water 
that has cut its way through mountains 
for millions of years and nourishes much 

of the West, that we are tempted to 
plunge in, except the temperature is a 
frigid 50 degrees. 

The next mile or so, the trail fol- 
lows the irregular south bank high above 
the Colorado River to the silver bridge 
across the river and then on to Phantom 
Ranch, our blessed little canyon home. 

Phantom Ranch, situated in a grove 
of cottonwoods beside the Bright Angel 
Creek, is like a summer camp with sim- 
ple wood frame buildings and a few 
stone cabins. It was designed by the 
renowned southwestern architect Mary 
Elizabeth Colter and originally reserved 
for muleteers. TTiere are two dormitories 
for men and two for women, all with 
bunk beds and primitive facilities, and a 
main building that doubles as a dining 
hall and canteen. It is the only place in 
the world where you can buy Phantom 
Ranch t-shirts and postcards marked 
"delivered by mule from the bottom of 
the Grand Canyon." Meals are served 
family style on long tables covered with 
oilcloth, steaks at 5 p.m., stew at 6:30, 
all reserved and paid for 23 months in 

We check in, dump our meager pos- 
sessions on the bunks that Shearer, who 
has made good time, has kindly reserved 
for us, and take the world's best shower, 
luxuriating in our share of hot water, 
washing our dusty, achy, sweaty bodies. 
After that, we dine on the world's best 
stew; whether it is the chef's recipe or 
our well-earned appetites, we don't 
know. It is just delicious. 

Most people fall into bed and are 
sound asleep by 8:30 p.m. (The men tell 
us it is a snoring contest in their 
bunkhouse; we have only one entrant, 
but she's a champion.) Mornings begin 
early at Phantom Ranch. The wake-up 
knock on the door comes with a gentle 
greeting: "It's 4:30, ladies; time to get 
up." The women hiking out that day 
arise for their 5 a.m. breakfast. This 

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morning we get an extra hour of sleep 
because we are staying on another day. 

Unlike summer camp, we are in 
charge of our own entertainment. Today, 
we take a hike above Phantom Ranch 
on a trail toward Clear Creek Falls, and 
for me it is the best day of the trip. 

The Clear Creek Trail climbs above 
the ranch for 13 miles to a waterfall, but 
we only go as far as overlooks of the 
Colorado River. This trail winds along 
an exposed mountain ridge through a 
desert garden blooming with wildflowers. 
The prickly pear cactus with its spiky 
flat oval pod and large red poppy-like 
flowers and sagebrush with its gray-green 
leaves and distinctive aroma are easy to 
identify; others require the assistance of 
a guidebook. 

We walk four or five miles and meet 
almost no one in this remote, peaceful 
place. The silence is broken only by the 
voice of a small white-breasted canyon 
wren. The little fellow, seeming glad of 
his rare audience, accompanies us for 
some distance and sings his heart out. I 
am moved to wonder if my children 
would be willing to scatter my ashes here 

The next morning, the gentle 4:30 
wake-up call is for us. Everyone in our 
dormitory is on the move, jockeying to 
get into the bathroom — one toilet stall, 
one shower stall, one sink for the 10 of 
us — packing up, filling water bottles, 
stretching muscles, preparing feet. Most 
of us slept fitfully and are anxious about 
putting one foot in front of the other for 
10 more Grand Canyon miles. On the 
way down, we occasionally looked 
behind at the high place we had left, 

knowing we would soon be climbing 
back up that long, steep highway. That 
time is now. 

In the cool of the April morning, by 
the first light from the sun rising over 
the canyon walls, the three of us cross 
the bridge over the Colorado Ri\'er, walk 
the river trail and turn in toward the 
canyon on the now familiar Bright 
Angel Trail. It leads us along the rela- 
tively tlat-bottomed Vishnu Schist 
section, the easy, warm-up portion of the 
hike before the challenging switchbacks 
of the Devil's Corkscrew. We take our 
time, rest often, and stop at the top to 
enjoy the view of the "Z" cuts below and 
the panorama — flat-topped mesas in 
three dimensions and living color, now 
golden with the Midas touch of the sun. 

When we arrive at Indian Gardens 
— halfway back, five miles 
accomplished, three hours gone — we 
begin to gain confidence that we will 
make it up after all, even knowing that 
the hardest part of the trip still lies 

After 30 minutes stretched out 
prone on picnic tables, readjusting socks, 
retying shoes, checking feet for hot 
spots (impending blisters), we face the 
relentless uphill grind and the growing 
heat. To break the last halt of the trip, 
we set small goals: the three-and-a-half- 
mile rest house (that's three and a half 
miles to the top), the two-mile mark, 
and the one-mile rest house where we 
stop for lunch. The last two miles are 
the most strenuous and come when we 
are the most exhausted. We must climb 
up and over steep steps made with 
wooden crossbars to hold in place the 

loose sandy trail, rough and worn from 
the constant foot and mule traffic. In 
fact, the last mile to the top of the 
Bright Angel is so crowded with new 
arrivals sampling the trail that it resem- 
bles a pedestrian interstate. The aroma 
of freshly shampooed hair and suntan- 
lotioned limbs wafting from the 
noMi'eaiix greets us as they flip-flop down 
and we trudge up. 

At last, we reach the first of two 
tunnels near the top of the canyon, the 
final landmark before we come in sight 
of the walls of the lodge. Only nine 
hours from our 5:30 a.m. start, we climb 
up and out of the Grand Canyon; we 
have made it in our own good time. 

Exhausted mentally and physically, 
L^Tin and Shearer swear that it is adios to 
any more Grand Canyon hikes for them. 
Not me. As in childbirth, I ha%'e already 
forgotten the pain and am concentrating 
on the reward, already plotting my next 
visit and hike. Perhaps some of our fel- 
low alumnae who were unable to join us 
this year will go next time; and perhaps 
L^Tin and Shearer will recover, change 
their minds, and return to hike the 
canyon another day. 

To celebrate our excellent ordeal, we 
take the world's best tub soak — a deli- 
cious 30-minute muscle relaxer — treat 
ourselves to margaritas and a fine meal at 
the elegant El Tovar Restaurant, and join 
the contented promenaders along the 
South Rim of the Grand Canyon, our 
journey accomplished. 

If you wish to contact any of las tres amigas, you can email 
them at Shearer Troxell Luck,; 
Lynn Butts Preston,; or 
Becky Cannady Merchant, 

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enjoyed a chance meeting last fall with ELIZ- 
STACKHOUSE Grafton while visiting Sunny- 
side Retirement Village in Harrisonburg. 
Margaret captured the moment on film to 
prove that this meeting with her former dean 
and assistant dean actually took place 67 
years after her graduation from MBC. 


MARY ELLEN THOMAS Moorhead of Lynch 
burg VA reports that husband Lt. Colonel 
Jesse Jefferson Moorhead passed away on 
October 18. 2000. 


FRANCES TAYLOR Roberts of Orangeburg SC 

stays busy serving in her church and enjoys 
spending time with 12 grandchildren. 


CELIA LACY Whallen of Orangeburg SC 
attended the October 2000 wedding of CAR- 
RIE STARLING WARREN Jones '00, daughter 

of Celias goddaughter AMY NELSON Warren 

'71. Celia had not been to Staunton since her 
10th reunion in 1955 and says the campus 
looks beautiful. 


MARGARET HOOKS Wilson of Memphis TN 
and her husband Rollin celebrated their 50th 
wedding anniversary on March 4. 2000. Attend- 
ing the party were classmates and bridesmaids 
KATHERINE POHS Wellford of Memphis and 
boro fJi. lr .lull'' Ji.n.".) Mfirij.iret traveled to the 
home of CYNTHIA BETTS Johnson in Santa Fe 
NM. where she and BEHIE GAYLE THOMAS 
Jacobsen of Richmond VA enjoyed a mini- 

BETTY MARTIN Johnson of Connth MS reports 
that her two eldest children are now married and 
she recently celebrated the birth of her first 


CHARLOnE JACKSON Berry of Columbia SC 
received the community service award from The 
Columbia Urban League at its 2000 Equal 
Opportunity Day Dinner Awards in November. 
Charlotte has chaired the boards of both the 
United Way of the Midlands and the United Way 
of South Carolina. 



Roanoke VA has been contnbuting stones and 
poems to several children's publications over 
the years. Her work has appeared in Children's 
Playmate. Highlight's, and most recently in the 
March 2001 edition of Cricket. 


BETTYE ANNE HURT Ingram and husband John 
enjoyed visiting with KATY KELLER Maultsby 

and husband Tom m Gatlinburg TN last summer. 
When Bettye and John are not traveling, they 
spend much of their time involved with commu- 
nity work and service in their church. 


JANICE GREGORY Belcher of Seaford DE 
announces that husband Warren passed away 
on March 24. 2000. In August Janice traveled to 
Scotland, where she participated in an Elder- 
hostel program in Glasgow. The trip also allowed 
an opportunity to visit friends in Edinburgh. 


SALLY HELTZEL Pearsall is reprising her 
award-winning role from "Smoke on the 
Mountain" in the sequel, "A Sanders 
Family Christmas." Produced by Mobile 
Theatre Guild, on whose board of direc- 
tors Sally has served for over 20 years, 
the show has been invited to represent 
the USA in July 2001 at the International 
Theatre Festival in Monaco. Founded by 
Princess Grace, the festival attracts ama- 
teur theatre performers from all over the 
world. "A Sanders Family Chnstmas" fea- 
tures most of the original cast of "Smoke 
on the Mountain," which won first place 
in the 1997 competitions of the American 
Association of Community Theatre in 
Grand Rapids Ml. Sally was also present- 
ed with an acting award at the 1997 
competition. Though a singer and long- 
standing member of the Mobile Opera 
Chorus, Sally is featured in a largely non- 
singing role, where she's had to learn 
sign language and play percussion (tam- 
bounne, spoons, cymbals, wood blocks 
and washboard) for the first time in her 
life. "It's not an easy task," she reports, 
"but I love a challenge!" Sally and hus- 
band David live in Mobile AL, where she 
continues to work as secretary for her 
church between theatre performances. 


CAROL ANNE EMORY of Portland OR is a 
partner in Emory & Kroos PC and is serving as 
liaison between the dispute resolution and 
international law sections of the Amencan Bar 
Association. Carol also serves as chair of the 
task force for revision and consensus on the 
proposed ABA Code of Ethics for Commercial 


EMILY PAINE Carter of Salem VA spent 
the past seven years working as editonal 
consultant for Marine and Freshwater 
Products Handl}ook. a large reference 
book on the subject. Emily was responsi- 
ble for selecting 71 writers, assigning 
their topics and writing schedules, then 
editing all components. Emily donated a 
copy of the book to Mary Baldwin. 


EUINE HENDERSON Fowler continues to 
work for Turner, Padget, Graham & Lancy in 
Charieston SC. In August 1999 Elaine and her 
family moved to the intracoastal waterway of 
Sullivans Island, where they spend lots of time 
boating and enjoying water-related activities. 


SUSAN BICKERSTAFF Orne and husband 
Jonathan are very excited to announce the 
birth of their first child, Meredith Bickerstaff. 
Susan gave birth to Meredith on October 18, 
2000, and left her work as a paralegal to enjoy 
being a stay-at-home mother. Married for 24 
years, Susan and Jon live in the Fan District of 
Richmond VA, where they've been renovating 
their 92-year-old home, Jon works as associ- 
ate general counsel for the State Corporation 
Commission of VA, 



Bainbndge Island WA is currently working as 
director of benefits and stock administration 
for She and husband Rick Spilk- 
er are the proud parents of son Goby, 6, and 
daughter Carly, 3. 


LYNN BURRIS Brooke opened up her own 
Yoga studio in the Carytown business division 
of Richmond VA. Yoga Source offers six differ- 
ent styles of Yoga and is open 7 days a week, 



Hill NC works part-time at Old Navy several 
mornings a week while her children Louisa 
Ann, 11, and Stuart, 7, attend school. Mary 
serves as a volunteer in their school and in 
the Chapel Hill community. In her spare time 
she loves to run and just completed another 

Pictured in front of the Administration Building is CELIA LACY Whallen 
'45. Celia was in town for the October 27, 2000, wedding of CARRIE 

Standing in front of CYNTHIA BETTS 
Johnson's home in beautiful Santa Fe 
NM are 1949 classmates (I to r) CYN- 
THOMAS Jacobsen, These three friends 
enjoyed a mini reunion in June 2000. 

Having fun in Key West FL over Labor Day weekend 2000 are 1991 class- 
mates (front row, I to r) ELEANOR WARE, GINA GROOME. BARBARA 
"BOBBIE " WELCH Magee, (back row, I to r) SARAH PENHALLOW Vostal 

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Celebrating the September 9. 2000. wedding of 
SYDNEY LEIGH MCCOWN '93 to John Dustin 
Sanderson are ■! to ri MARY "ALLISON" HEY- 

ANNE MOWRY BUSHMAN '95 married Josepri M. Bongiovanni IV 
in Staunton VA on August 12. 2000. Pictured here are (front row. 
! to r! Joseph \. Bongiovanni iV. bride ANNE BUSHMAN Bongio- 
vanni. GINA PEREZ, (back row. I to r ANNE KENNAN. 

Surrounding MARTA ESTELA GALOPIN '96 are MBC friends who attend- 
ed Marta's wedding to Jack Kaileberg on March 4. 2000 in Gilbert AZ. 
Pictured i' to r> are SARA MORRIS 'gy. maid of honor TAKAKO IKEZUKI 
■98. JULIE LUCERO '97, brde MARTA GALOPIN Kaileberg '96. JENNA 


SUSAN ANN STOVER of New York NY com- 
pleted another film, A Business of Strangers, 
which was accepted into Robert Redford's 
Sundance Film Festival for January 2001. 



enjoys being a homemaker and mother to 
daughters VVrenn. 6. and Hollyn. 3. Stacia and 
husband Ed live in Richmond VA. where Ed 
works as an OB/GYN and Stacia serves as 
chairman of the Junior League Thrift Shop. 


TRACY BURKS Yancey is owner of Lolita 
Handpainted Crystal, a manufacturing compa- 
ny that produces hand painted and hand 
crafted crystal, stemware and ornaments. 
Developed by Tracy and a designer friend in 
Memphis TN. the product line made its debut 
at the Atlanta gift market in January and can 
now be purchased in t,velve Eastern US loca- 
tions. Tracy extends man\ thanks to MAUDE 
"JEANINE" HOLMES Thomas for her support 
and longtime friendship, as Jeanine was the 
first to encourage Tracy to use her middle 
name, her grandmother's name, for the busi- 
ness. Tracy, husband Scott and daughters 



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Caroline, 6, and Mary Margaret. 4. hope to 
move to Atlanta in the near future. 

a private internal medicine practice last year 
in Arlington TX. where she resides with hus- 
band Derrick and son Darryl. 3. 


SIMONE WADE passed away on Decem- 
ber 11. 2000. in Homestead FL from 
complications of multiple sclerosis. Grad- 
uating m^na cum laude in 1987 with a 
degree in Spanish. Simone returned to her 
home state of Rorida. where family and 
friends surrounded her during the 12 
years of her illness. In addition to being a 
loving daughter, sister and friend. Simone 
was an active participant in scholarship 
pageants, and held the scholarship title of 
Miss North America. In recognition of 
Simone's support of scholarship 
pageants, The Miss Homestead Pageant 
now gives a community service scholar- 
ship in her honor. Simone was passionate 
about Christian missions, and participated 
on missions teams in Sweden. Spain. 
Egypt, and Italy. 


LAURA LYNN HARWELL Ribble of Alexandria 
VA recently moved into a new home with hus- 
band John and their two children. Jack. 6. and 
Allison. 2. Laura works as an elementary read- 
ing teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools 
and John wort<s for Aetna. She is excited 
about the many opportunities for volunteer 
involvement at MBC. 


Eaton Interiors, an interior design business in 
Dallas TX. for the past two years. Eleanor and 
husband Monte Michael are the proud parents 
of daughter Chariotte Eaton, bom July 26. 


EUZABETH HAMMOCK Benjamin of Hunting- 
ton NY spent most of last year helping cancer 
patients and others research medical infor- 
mation through a church ministry she 
founded. Continually researching nutritional, 
medical and health issues. Elizabeth was 
asked by NY State Senator Cari Marcellino to 
testify during the state senate hearings on 
pesticide dangers last May. She will continue 
to be involved this spring when the spraying 
and threat of the West Nile Virus emerges 
again. Elizabeth and husband Steve celebrat- 
ed the second birthday of their son William in 
October 2000. 


SUSAN MOREY Petrillo of Bridgewater NJ 
works from home as a paralegal for a law firm 
that specializes in civil defense litigation. She 
and husband John have a son Danny, 2, and a 
new daughter. Mandy, bom in December 

TIA TILMAN Owen formeriy of Richmond VA 
moved to Winston-Salem NC in January of this 
year. Husband Duncan worths for Wachovia 
Bank, while Tia enjoys being a stay-at-home 
mother to son Duncan, 1. 


ROBIN RAY Coll and husband Patrick moved 
from Norfolk to Lorton VA in October 2000. 
Robin worths as a senior attorney in the office 
of chief counsel for The Treasury Inspector 
General for Tax Administration, and is also 
serving a two-year term on the nominating 
committee for The Association of Junior 
Leagues International. Inc. Robin reports that 
she enjoyed a recent dinner with her MBC 
James. Ginger's husband Clayton and their 
beautiful daughter. 

SANDRA STURGIS Giddens of Jackson MS 
continues to work as an artist, while husband 

John works as an attorney. The couple married 
in April 2000 with STEPHANIE BAKER Jones 
and CAROLINE ODEN Wylie attending the cer- 
emony, while COURTNEY GEORGES Meares 

'90 served as a bndesmaid. 

JENNIFER WEBB resides in Atlanta GA and 
wori<s as regional sales manager for Praga- 
matech Software. Traveling every week 
throughout the Southeast, she enjoys spend- 
ing time on weekends renovating her 1915 
home in Midtown. Jennifer enjoyed Labor Day 
weekend in Key West FL with fellow class- 
BIE" WELCH Magee, ana ooi-.s forv.a-d to 
seeing everyone at their 10-year reunion this 



enjoving her job as a preschool teacher for 

The Montessori Schools. 

KIMBERLY ARMSTRONG Branner of Winches- 
ter VA teaches 4th grade at John Kerr 
Elementary School. 

UNDSAY BRUNEY Whitesell and husband 
David live in Staunton VA with their daughter 
Emma Grace Elizabeth, born in February 
2000. Lindsay loves being a stay-at-home 
mother to Emma Grace, their three dogs and 
one cat. She serves on the board of the 
Staunton-Augusta Junior Women's Club. 

Pauley and husband Hans moved to Freder- 
icksburg VA in September 2000. Mary Beth 
loves being a stay-at-home mother to 20- 
month-old son Jackson, and has fun taking 
him to Kindermusik and Gymboree classes. 
Mary Beth and Hans enjoyed seeing AMY 
ANN PENDLETON Kincer while attending a 
VMI, Citadel game in Lexington VA last fall. 


received her master's degree in education 
from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette 
in December 2000. Newly engaged to Scott 
Lissard, the couple plans to wed on February 
25, 2001. 

WENDY MICHELE MOORE Hubbard and hus- 
band Todd moved to the Roanoke VA area in 

Spring 2001 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Several MBC classmates served as attendants in the v«edding ceremo- 
ny for JESSICA KATHRYN CHARLES '98 and Chris Copenhaver on 
June 3. 2000. Pictured here are (middle row, I to r) HEATHER FRA- 
ZIER Silvious. bride JESSICA CHARLES Copenhaver, AMANDA CLARK 
Hoffman, (back row, I to r) CHARISSA STOUFFER and HEATHER ROTH- 

Pictured here on her 
wedding day is TREVA 

Treva married Christo- 
pher Lane Turman on 
October 21, 2000, at 
Mam Street United 
Methodist Church in 
Waynesboro VA, 

1999, where Wendy teaches 4th grade at a 
Greenfield Elementary and Todd works for the 
Roanoke Times as circulation manager. They 
have three daughters, Emily, 8, Lauren, 5, and 
Caroline, 1. 

MARY "MEGAN" SMITHDEAL Vengala married 
Christopher Vengala of India on June 3, 

2000. with ANGELA PERRI '91 attending the 
wedding. Megan and Christopher reside in 
Monroe NC and work as full-time missionar- 
ies for Youth With a Mission in Charlotte. 

TERRI BLACKWELL Ragland of Fort Walton 
Beach FL is working as a realtor for Century 
21 in Wimeo. 

became engaged to Ashley Kelly Phar this 
past fall. The wedding is planned for March 
24, 2001, and will be held in her hometown 
of Augusta GA. HEATHER SMITH Harvison 
will be a bridesmaid. 

Ikerd of Raleigh NC recently accepted the 
position of project manager and quality con- 
trol specialist with Ericsson Inc. Working for 
over five years in state emergency response 
management. Amy can now enjoy spending 
more time with husband Scott and their dogs 
"Salem" and "Ike." 

ELIZABETH HORNE Barnes and husband 
Christopher live in Four Oaks NC, where Eliz- 
abeth works as a reporter for The Four 
Oaks-Benson News in Review, and Christo- 
pher serves as minister for Elm City Church 
of God of Prophecy. Elizabeth and Christo- 
pher were married in July 1999. 

EMILY OEHLER of Washington DC specializes 
in producing video news releases, generic 
news stories that local affiliate stations 
across the county can run as their own. 
Recent projects include a 20th anniversary 
newscast for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 
prevention of identity theft, hurricane safety, 
adoption and environmental issues. Emily is 
active as a board member and chair of inter- 
nal communications for the Junior League of 
Northern VA. 

BELYNDA PHILLIPS Randolph considers her 
self very fortunate. Belynda, husband Alan 

Kirk, and sons, Zachary, 
in Portsmouth VA. 

, and Jamie, 2, live 

ALICE "ALLIE" WITT Jamison married Harrison 
Jamison on July 15, 2000. The couple resides 
in lawrenceville VA, where Allie teaches first 
grade at Brunswick Academy. 


UURA SWANSON HILL of Stevensville MD 
enjoyed a visit in California last year with TERRI 

SABRINA DARROW RAKES recently moved 
from Cincinnati OH to Dallas TX. Engaged to 
Jessen Fahey in October 2000, Sabrina is busy 
planning their California wedding to be held on 
October 13, 2001. 


ANNE BUSHMAN Bongiovanni of Narberth PA 
married Joseph N. Bongiovanni IV in Staunton 
VA on August 12, 2000. Anne's parents Mr. and 
Mrs. William H, Bushman of Staunton hosted 
the wedding reception in the Student Activity 
Center at MBC, Several dear MBC friends 
attended the wedding, including maid-of-honor 
Also attending were KATHERYN CARTER Mor- 
Dickinson and LEAH DALKE Timmerman 94 


MARTA GALOPIN Kalleberg of Mesa AZ was 
married to Jack Kallegerg on March 24, 2000 
in Gilbert AZ. Attending the wedding were maid 
WIUIAMS and AIMEE ACETO. In 1998 Marta 
received her M.S. in economics from Purdue 
University. She is currently employed as an 
economist at Arizona Corporation Commission. 

SHANA LYNN MAY took leave of her three-year 
profession as a teacher for emotionally dis- 
abled children to see the world. Working as a 
flight attendant for Delta Airlines. Shana divides 
her time between residences in Norfolk VA and 
New York. 


received her J.D. from Indiana State University 
in May 2000. Currently, she is employed as a 
federal law clerk for the Honorable Judge 
Richard L. Young, U.S. District Court for the 
Southern District of Indiana. Eleanor was admit 
ted to the Indiana Bar in November 2000, 


JESSICA CHARLES Copenhaver of Leesburg VA 
received her M.A. in history from James Madi- 
son University in May and married her high 
school sweetheart Chns Copenhaver in June 
2000. Wedding attendants included HEATHER 
Hoffman. Jessica works as a foreign policy ana- 
lyst for a government contractor in Tysons 
Corner VA. 

LATESHA HOOKER Adkins and husband 
Nicholas were married last year and welcomed 
the arrival of son Brandon James in June 2000. 
The family resides in Richmond VA, where Lale- 
sha works as a juvenile probation officer for 
Hennco County. 


became engaged to Jonathan W. Spitzer in 
December 2000. The couple plans to wed on 
May 26, 2001. 

Salem NC will graduate from Wake Forest 
University in May 2001 with a master's degree 
in science. This summer, Melissa will be study- 
ing bone health in children through a research 
grant. In the fall of 2001, she will begin work 
toward a Ph.D. in human physiology. 


began law school at Georgetown University Law 
Center this past fall. 

Scottsville VA purchased her first home in 
Staunton this past fall. Amanda works for the 

state as a probation and parole officer, and 
recently became engaged to Ryan T McCray, 
1999 graduate of Virginia Tech. 



JUDY MAE MOORE of Wylliesburg VA received 
the Famous Poet of 2000 award from the 
Famous Poets Society in Ashland OR. Several 
of Judy's works are scheduled for publication. 
"Battered" will appear in Nature of Echoes by 
the National Library of Poetry and Best Poetry 
of 2000 by the Famous Poets Society. "Who Am 
I" will be published in America's in the Miltenni- 
um by the National Library of Poetry, while 
Poetry Elite will publish both "Who Am I' and 
"Master of the Universe." Judy has served as 
a volunteer historian for Old Dominion RC&D in 
Chadotte Court House VA since January 2000. 


Christopher Lane Turman in Waynesboro VA on 
October 21, 2000. The couple enjoyed a hon- 
eymoon in Cancun, Mexico, and now reside in 
Palmyra VA, where Treva is employed with State 
Farm Insurance. 

JOHN E. GRACE was elected vice president of 
operations at Dixon, Hubard & Feinour, Inc, in 
Roanoke VA. John was also reappointed to run 
the YMCA Central Branch Partners of Youth 
2001 campaign fundraiser after his team 
achieved 200 percent of their goal for 2000. 
Partners of Youth provides scholarships to the 
YMCA and funds programs such as The Magic 
Place, the largest before and after school pro- 
gram in VA, and Drop-In, which provides 
tutoring and dropout prevention counseling. 

Mary I5al(l\vin Clollegf Magazine • Spring :20()1 


SANDRA NEU STURGIS '91 to John Giddens. 
April 8. 2000 

MARY "MEGAN" SMITHDEAL '92 to Christo- 
pher Vengala. June 3. 2000 

SYDNEY LEIGH MCCOWN '93 to John Oustin 
Sanderson. September 9. 2000 

MARY AUCE "AUJE" WITT '93 to Hamson 
Jamison. July 15. 2000 

Brown. September 16. 2000 

Thomas Kertfi. July 7. 2000 

ANNE MOWRY BUSHMAN '95 to Joseph N. 
Bongiovanni IV, August 12, 2000 

JUUE LORAINE ECKARD '96 to James C. Young 
III. December 9. 2000 

MARTA ESTELA GALOPIN '96 to Jack Kalle- 
berg. March 4, 2000 

TREVA KENDAll HURTT '97 ADP to Christo- 
pher Lane Turman, October 21. 2000 

pher David Copenhaver. June 3. 2000 

Adkins. December 1. 2000 


to Martin Andrew Judd. June 24, 2000 

Jones, October 27, 2000 


SUSAN BICKERSTAFF Ome '75 and Jonathan: 
a daughter, Meredith Bickerstaff, October 18, 

HELEN LEmJNICH Chaney '86 and Rick: a 
daughter. Jamie Keilam. October 3. 2000 

SUSAN SEYMOUR Chester '87 and Timothy: a 
daughter. Elizabeth Campbell, November 1. 

ELEANOR MCCLENDON Bond '88 and Monte 
Michael: a daughter, Charlotte Eaton, July 26, 

CARMI DEBNAM Farrell '89 and Rob: a daugh- 
ter. Hannah Elizabeth. August 19. 2000 

HOUY PORTER Vrtullo '89 and Lenny: a daugh- 
ter. Isabella Mane. January 8. 2001 

SUSAN GABBARD Sherman '90 and Todd: a 

son. Tyler Moss, June 28. 2000 

SUSAN MOREY Petrillo '90 and John: a daugh- 
ter. Amanda "Mandy" Morey, December 14, 

TIA TILMAN Owen '90 and Duncan: a son, Dun- 
can Shaw, September 11, 2000 

UNDSAY BRUNEY Whitesell '92 and David: a 
daughter, Emma Grace Elizabeth. February 6, 

KIMBERLY FOGEL Hudnall '92 and Chad: a 

son. Austin Michael. March 17. 2000 

MARY ANNE MULilERIN McCoIlum '92 and 

John: a daughter. Mary Catherine, November 2, 

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and Chad: a son, Ian Tucker, September 7, 

RHODA "LANE- MCLEOD Pen7 '93 and Jim: a 
daughter. Mary Waite Hamrick, September 29, 

JUUE LODGE Ustruck '94 and Christophen a 
son. Jack Christopher. December 12, 2000 

LATESHA HOOKER Adkins '98 and Nicholas: a 
son, Brandon James, June 1, 2000 


Hans: a son. Jackson Gregory. May 19. 1999 


Andrew: a son, Dylan Alexander, November 4, 


David: a daughter, Kaileigh Shea, October 20, 


ELLEN BURKHOLDER Shumate '27, December 
13, 2000 


December 2, 2000 

NEUJE WERNER Thomas '31. November 29, 


December 5. 2000 

FRANCES GARWOOD Craft '38. December 4. 

SARA RANSON Woltman '38. December 13, 

ANITA CONSTANCE Malugani '39. Date 

MIRIAM STITH Homer '42, May 17, 2000 

JULIA ANNE KOHLER Peterson '44. Date 


CHARLOHE EICHER Vorwerk '57. November 
11, 2000 

GLORIA ARCARO Rowley (Dali) ADP '85. 

December 16. 2000 

SIMONE WADE '87. December 11. 2000 


Jim Spillman, 1902-2000 

James T. Spillman. college treasurer and busi- 
ness manager emeritus, died on December 8, 
2000, at his home in Radford, VA. Spillman 
earned his .A.B. from Davidson College and 
served Mary Baldwin from 1930 until 1970. 

Blen Holtz '60. coordinator of ADP/MAT 
financial aid. remembers Spillman as a "won- 
derful business manager ivho cared a lot about 
students as well as the college. He was very 
personable and helpful to the students — 
cashed our checks, made train reservations. 
He also walked the campus, checking to be 
sure everything was okay." 

According to Dean James Lott "Mr. Spill- 
man was the consummate gentleman, always 
polite and friendly even though appropriately 
businesslike." Lott remembers Spillman's help 
when he and his wife were buying their first 
home in Staunton. "He advised me to offer 
$4,500 less than the asking price, and I was 
amazed that the owners accepted. When I told 
him the good news, Mr. Spillman looked dis- 
appointed and said, 'We probably could have 
gotten it for less." 

IN on Iro le 
Jed /\eter; 

Not for time but for eternity. 

ion I TO lempore 
Jed y\eternitate 

How can you thank those whose love and 

support helped to shape 
your character, your values, your very life? 

For information about memorial opportunities 
at Mars' Baldwin College, call or write: 

Mark L. Atchison, 

Vice President for Institutional Advancement 


Martha Masters '69, Director for Planned Giving 

Mary Baldwin College 

Staunton, VA 24401 

(540)887-7011 • E-mail: 


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■ ■I^W 

had finally completed my 
2,167.1-mile trek south on 
the Appalachian Trail. 

Looking Back 

February 2001 

People ask if the expe- 
rience ot thru-hiking has 
changed me. Of course it has. 
And I've learned a lot. 

While I learned that I'm 
more scared than I imagined, 1 
also learned that I have more 
courage than I thought. If I 
had never discovered and 
faced certain fears, I never 
would have had to exercise 
courage at all. It is such an 
awesome feeling to know that 
I can face the things I'm afraid 
of with some degree of courage 
and calm. I learned firsthand 
on the AT that being brave 
isn't always about feeling 

My hike also made me 
feel more connected to nature 
and more connected to myself; 
those are changes I expected. 

What 1 didn't expect was 
what the trail taught me about 
my "independence." I went to 
the trail with a need to exer- 
cise my independent spirit, to 
experience a lifestyle in which 
I didn't depend on parents, 
boyfriends, or anyone but 
myself. I wanted to hike solo, 
and I knew I would feel even 
more independent after hav- 
ing hiked 2,167.1 miles on my 

I feel more confident, yes, 
but the trail taught me what a 
myth my "independence" is. I 
saw how dependent — or 
interdependent — we all are. 
Sure, I hiked the trail "by 

myself — but not really. 
Without "trail magic," the self- 
less help and moral support ot 
people like the hostel owners 
and the people I hiked with at 
various times, 1 might not 
have made it to Springer 
Mountaiii. So often, when I 
hit a mental wall, "trail magic" 
and trail friendships got me 
through. So, while I took 
every step on my own arid 
hiked without a partner, I did- 
n't really hike the trail on my 
own. As a result, rather than 
feeling more independent ot 
people, I feel more connected 
to them than ever now. I love 
people more, and 1 want to do 
more for people because I've 
seen that humanity isn't as 
bad as so many people make it 
out to be. 

"Will you hike the trail 
again?" I've been asked. 

Yes, I'll hike the trail 
again. I'm happy to be home, 
but the trail is a "home" of 
sorts, and I won't be able to 
stay away for long. I learned a 
great deal from my experience, 
but that doesn't mean I'm fin- 
ished learning. Yes, I'm 
looking forward to the day 
when, once again, I touch the 
trail sign at Katahdin, then 
take the first step southbound 
on the Appalachian Trail — 
the first of many that will take 
me, once again, to Springer 

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Two-thirds of the U.S. population live within 
550 miles of the Appalachian Trail, which 
wends its way through the valleys and ridges 
of the ancient Appalachian Mountain range. 
Starting at Mt. Katahdin. it leads the hiker 
through Maine's "100-Mile Wilderness," and 
then over some of that state's most rugged 
ranges. In New Hampshire, the Trail goes 
through the White Mountains: among the 
5,000-1- foot mountains it traverses is Mt. 
Washington, the highest point in New Hamp- 
shire. In Vermont, Massachusetts, and 
Connecticut, the mountains get increasingly 
gentler; in New 'y'ork. New Jersey, Pennsylva- 
nia, Maryland, and West Virginia, the Trail 
rarely even approaches an altitude of 2,000 
feet. The mountains start up again in Vir- 
ginia, and the Trail's southern states are 
rugged ones for hikers. 

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Please note that Columns and the Mary Baldwin Magazine 

are published on a quarterly production schedule. 

It may take t^vo issues, or six months, 

for your submission to appear in Class Notes. 

Wendv Klich Satchell '92 

Marrying Compassion and Career 
by Mollie Cox Bryan 

Thou^ managing a &ffl-ame Job and two 
small children is often challenging, for 
Wendy Sacchell the two are inextricably 
linked. "Being a naom definitely impacts 
the way I work. I have to be organiied all 
the time. Being a working helps me 
tmdisrstand the difficulties my employees 
face, and I think it makes me more com- 
passionate in my decision making." 

Compassion has been a guiding 
force in SatcheU's career since graduating 
from Mary Baldwin College in 1992. She 
became interested in long-term care after 
watching her familf 
struggle through the diffi- 
culties of placing her 
grandfather in a noising 
home. He resided in sev- 
eral nursing homes OTCt a 
IQ-f ear period befe)ie his 

"Although I was 
young, 1 felt chat 1 could 
one day make a difer- 
aice and set working 
with the geriatric populatton as my career 
objective," she says. Through a series of 
jobs in the field, and now as the vice presi- 
dent of operations for Viigniia Heath 
Services (VHS) in Newport News, VA, 
which owns and operates sis nursing 
homes on the Peninsula, Middle Peninsula, 
and Northern Neck of Virginia, Satchell 
feeb she is making a difference. She not 
only received an award from MBC's Alum- 
tiae/i Board for Career Achievement in 
1999, but her employer set up a scholarship 
fund in her name for students in the 
Health Caie Admioisiiation program. The 
scholarship recognizes students with high 
academic achievement who desire a career 
path in health caie, peferably long-term 

Satchel! explains that VHS chose her 
to help build their already established rela- 
tionship with Mary Baldwin, so over the 
years she has come back to the college to 
speak with health care administration stu- 
dents about opting for a specialty in 
long-term care. The company is hoping to 
reciuit more MBC students. "We have 
hired at least ei^t Mary Baldwin graduates 
over the years. My company continues to 
be impressed with MBC graduates and feels 
the continued relationship is fruitful for 
bodi MBC and VHS," she says. Satchell is 

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proud of being able to give back to the 
Mary Baldwin community. She aedits the 
school with giving her a well-rounded edu- 
cation, one that let her set her own path 
and create success. 

"1 have said many times that the dif- 
ference between MBC and other fine 
colleges is that MBC graduates you with a 
career while other schools graduate you 
with a degree. 1 would attribute this to the 
school's individualized attention and com- 
mitment to its students." 

Satchell speaks with a professionalism 
and confidence unusual 
in a person so young. 
Her supportive Newport 
News family, her educa- 
tion, and several role 
models account for this, 
she says. Steven Mosher, 
professor and director of 
the Health Care Admin- 
istration program is one 
such role model. "He 
couples strong academic 
skills widi dfrect experience and contact 
with healdi care facilities and professional 
in the area. He, 1 beheve, is why many 
health care administration graduates are so 
successfiil." Satchell also gives credit to the 
president of VHS, Jeff Mendebohn, who 
has helped guide her career. "Finally," she 
says, "part of anyone's success is being in 
the right place at the right time and 
being willing to work hard to prove your- 

Her advice to health care admiais- 
tration students? Hard work is one of die 
key ingredients for success is this field, 
along with compassion, a strong business 
background, and commitment. 

Satchell is just as committed and 
passionate about her home life and com- 
munity as she is about her career. She is 
involved in her church and the Junior 
League, and has two sons, Spencer, 3, and 
Garrett, 10 months. She married her mid- 
dle-school sweedieart, Scott, who probably 
had an inkling years ago that his wife-to-be 
had the makings of a successfiil business 
person. "The first job 1 had was working at 
Water Country USA during the summer. 
1 later held a supen'isor position and 
became my fiiture husband's boss. 1 like to 
tease him that 'some things never 
change,' " she laughs. 


Celebrating Jim Lott continued from page 15 

time, about midnight. Jim danced every dance. He's a cool dancer. So is 
Pam. Judy wa.s in heaven, and Jim had so much fun, he wanted to do it 
again; but then he went on sabbatical, so we haven't had another one. 

Another time I remember was a dinner my husband Paul and I were 
invited to at the Lotts' house soon after I was hired. We sat out on the 
porch because it was a beautiful summer day, then had a wonderful meal 
with much talking and laughing. After dinner, a huge storm blew up, so 
we stayed and waited for it to clear. When it was over, we walked out 
onto the front porch to leave and thanked Jim and Pam. They were 
standing with their arms around each other. The street was so quiet. 
Then they started serenading us with "Midnight Ladies," holding both of 
their arms up, hamionizing perfectly, as we got into the car. On the way 
home, I said to my husband, "How do you like our dean?" 

- Marlena Hobson 
Assistant Professor of Art 

Most of my colleagues have known Jim Lott only as their dean. I 
have had the privilege of knowing him also as a colleague. Jim, the 
professor, shared with me his ideas about how to incorporate writing and 
literature into my courses. He brought humor and literary allusions, not 
to mention second-hand smoke, to our lively discourses in the old faculty 

Through his dashing example, Jim showed his more junior colleagues 
how to counter antagonistic thrusts from the powers that be with 
eloquence, wit, and a sharp just-telling-it-like-it-is. In the fullness of time, 
another configuration of the powers that be incorporated him. When Jim 
became dean, faculry meetings took on a different air and we were often 
treated to a pas de deux of superb quick wit between our president and our 
dean that many of us will miss. With the facial lines of a stem minister, 
the whiskey sours of a sincere bartender, the physique of a younger ath- 
lete, the empathy of a humanist, the sarcasm of a grumpy old man, and 
the neckties of someone who valued simultaneously color, order, and fun, 
Jim is a study in contrasts. He is to be celebrated as an actor, a writer, a 
good dancer, an administrator, and a teacher, but I will particularly 
remember him appreciating, and teaching my students and me to appreci- 
ate, the likes of Keats' "Ode to Autumn": 

Wliere are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they? 

Think not of them, thou hast they music too, — 
Wliile barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day. 

And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue. . . 

- Judy Klein 
Professor of Economics 


Mary Baldwin (lollego Magazine • Spring ^OOl^ 

New York City, NY 

Women's National Republican Club, February 2001 



Julie Renn '96, Samantha Oehl '00, 
Angela Mendoza '98, Susannah Couiant '98 

Judith Godwin '52, Dr Cynthia H Tyson, 
Martha McMullan Aasen 51 

Joanne Reich '88, Karen Burns Udell '99, 
Rosa May Scott '92 

Sarasota, FLA 

Luncheon at The Field Club, February 2001 

Naples, FLA 

Luncheon at the Collier Athletic Club, February 2001 

Edith James Micl<ley '49, Dr. Samuel Sager (host-husband of Mary Duke Blouin '49, Susan English '82, Nancy Kirchner 

Anne Millner Sager '49) Dr. Cyntha H. Tyson, Karen Emmet Hunt Eliason '50, Elizabeth Boyer Bullocl< '49, Hostess Bonnie 

'80, Clare Wolffe Carter '85, Gary Breathed Weaver '53 Kennedy Kant '74, Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson 

Charlottesville, VA 

Cocktails at Keswick Hall, January 2001 

Dr. Jerry Venn, Lossle Noell Will<inson '74, 
Hostess Nancy Hopkins Parsons '81, Mary 
Hotchkiss Leavell '73 

Betty Ott Smaliwood '46, Lee Johnston Foster '75, Robert Fooks, Mary Penzold Fooks '61, Florence 
Cullen Craddock '75 Lee Daniel Wellons '60 

Spring "2001 • Mary Baldwin College Mag-azine 




Are women better leaders? 

As more rise to positions of power, the evidence is intriguing 

When George W. Bush looked out dur- 
ing his first speech to Congress, he saw 
the faces of more women than at any 
time in the nations history. Thirteen 
women have taken their seats in the Sen- 
ate this year — including four 
newcomers to the chamber — and 59 
have been sworn in as members of the 
House, breaking records in both cases. 
TTie great bulk of them are Democrats, 
but Bush is the first Republican president 
in history who has made white males a 
minority in his own cabinet. 

NX^at we are seeing is that politics is 
gradually beginning to catch up with 
medicine, law, business, journalism, and 
other professions in the advancement of 
females as leaders. Even greater changes 
lie ahead: Young women make up the 
majority of all undergraduates in Ameri- 
can colleges and about half of all 
graduate students in law and medicine. 
Business schools have lagged behind oth- 
ers in female participation, but with 
women making up a third of their enroll- 
ment, even they are changing. 

Advocates say there is a good reason 
for the emergence of women as leaders in 
one field after another: Women have 
begun knocking on glass ceilings at the 
very time that the demands for leader- 
ship are changing. As Sally Helgesen and 
Helen Fisher point out in their popular 
books, many organizations are no longer 
looking for top-down authority figures 
like Jack Welch but for more participa- 
tive, inclusive approaches to leadership 
within flattened hierarchies. In her book 
The Web of Inclusion, Helgesen argues 
that to succeed in a service economy that 
is fluid, technology-driven, and based on 
creative relationships, a business must be 
structured like a web-not a pyramid. 

Teamwork. Women, according to 
Fisher, have a natural advantage in "web 
thinking." She and others believe that 

women have a greater tendency than 
men to take a holistic, contextual view of 
any issue at hand, considering a web of 
interrelated factors, instead of compart- 
mentalizing problems and assessing their 
linear cause-effect components. For 
example, Fisher writes in The First Sex, 
"women generally look at individual 
social problems, such as drug abuse or 
teen pregnancy, and link them to broad- 
er, deeper social ills." 

The rise of so many female leaders 
shouldn't surprise. Business Week maga- 
zine recently conducted a survey of 
management studies and came to this 
conclusion: "After years of analyzing 
what makes leaders most effective and 
figuring out who's got the Right Stuff, 
management gurus now know how to 
boost the odds of getting a great execu- 
tive: Hire a female." It quoted Harvard 
Business School Prof. Rosabeth Moss 
Kanter: "Women get high ratings on 
exactly those skills needed to succeed in 
the global information age, where team- 
work and partnering are so important." 

Whether that is true in every case 
remains debatable. Carly Fiorina, a 
poster girl of women CEOs, has recently 
been struggling at Hewlett-Packard. Her 
supporters say that no one, man or 
woman, could do better at reinventing 
the company. Meanwhile, other women 
are flourishing as leaders in nontradition- 
al roles. Entrepreneur Donna Dubinsky 
cofounded Palm, the hand-held comput- 
ing giant, then left and cofounded its 
highly successful rival. Handspring. By 
her mid-40s, she had created two compa- 
nies with a total market value of more 
than $37 billion. In Arizona, women 
have been elected to the top spots in 
state government. In North Carolina, 
women are winning high marks as lead- 
ers of three of the state's most prestigious 
universities: Duke, the University of 

North Carolina, and North Carolina 

Have we indeed entered a brave 
new world where women will prove to be 
more effective leaders than men? Will 
they change the pictures in our heads of 
what a leader should look and act like? 
Will we discover that men become better 
leaders if they adopt some of the traits of 
women - and that, vice versa, the best 
female leaders, like Britain's Margaret 
Thatcher, have some masculine traits, 

Or is all this talk about women as 
leaders premature? Is the real issue for 
women the same as it has always been? 
Are there still so many barriers in their 
way that they can't claim an equal place 
in the arena? After all, at the very time 
many are celebrating the increase in the 
number of women in the House and Sen- 
ate (to 13 percent and 14 percent, 
respectively), in Germany, the Nether- 
lands, and the Scandinavian countries, 
women hold more than 25 percent of 
seats in the lower houses of parliament. 

What do you think? Do women make 
better leaders? The Man Baldwin College 
Magazine welcomes your views in this 
growing debate. We invite you to send us 
your thoughts, and we look forward to 
publishing some of this correspondence in 
a future college publication. 

— The Editor 

Contact us: 


Director of Publications 

Office of College Relations 

Mary Baldwin College 

Staunton, VA 24401 

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Mary Baldwin College Magazine • Spring "200 1 

Scholarships allow MBC to 
compete for top students whose 
enthusiasm for learning is contagious. 

Through the generosin* of alumnae/i and friends, Man" 
Baldwin is able to pro\ide financial assistance to a 
number of our students. Marc Baldwin College currently 
has 126 endowed scholarships and 18 annual scholarships. 
This year 155 students received one or more of these. 



'r .2 

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I to r: Brandy Caleb. Shelly Straw, 
and Jennifer Powell 

The Dorothy Baughan Moore Scholarship 

W3S established in 19SS bv Mrs. Dorothv Baughan Moere '4:. 

Shelly Straw, 2000-2001 Dorothv Baughan Moore Scholarship recipient: 

"I owe much to Mrs. Moore for establishing the Dorothy Baughan Moore Scholarship. Because of 

her donation, I am able to pursue my college career at Mar^' Baldwin." 

Mrs. Moore — "1 had such a wonderful college experience at Mary Baldwin that I wanted to give 
other young women the same opportunir\' I had. I can never repay the school for all it did for me, 
but by establishing a scholarship I felt I could give back and continue to help the college." 

The J. M. Tuli Foundation Scholarship 

was established in 19S0 by the Tull Foundation of .Atlanta, GA, to -suppon deserving students. 

Brandy Caleb, 2000-2001 J. M. TuU Foundation Scholarship recipient: 

"As a recipient of the J. M. Tull Foimdation Scholarship, 1 am ver\- grateful for the contributions 
of the donors. These donors are helping me develop a firm foundation for my future at Mar\- Bald- 
win College and beyond." 

The W. W. Sproui Scholarship 

was established in 1979 bv Mi. and Mrs. Xv'. W". Sproui. Mr. Sproui served tor t 
of Mary Baldwin College. 

years as a member of the Board ot Trustees 

Jennifer Powell, 2000-2001 W. W' Sproui Scholarship recipient: 

"Donors like Mrs. Sproui make it possible for students to complete their education here at \[ai\ 
Baldwin College. 1 am honored to be chosen as the W. W. Sproui Scholarship recipient and would 
like to thank Mrs. Sproui for taking such an interest in my education." 

To you who have given unselfishly of your own resources 
because you believe in Ware Baldwin College and 
because you want to help students like Shelly, Jennifer, 
and Brandy, we thank you. 'V^'ithout your generosity-, 
which has a direct and human impact on the future of 
our institution, we would not be able to offer the level ; : 
financial support we currently provide. 

If you would like to discuss the gift of an education by 
establishing a scholarship, please contact Martha Mas- 
ters '69, Director of Development, at 1-800-622-4255. 

Spring 2001 • Mary Baldwin College Magazine 







PERMIT #106 

nr. and Mrs. William C. Pollard 
200 N Market St 
Staunton VA 24401-3629 

Janice Breeden is working toward her 
BA in studio art at Mary Baldwin. She 
received the Ulysse Deportes Award 
for Outstanding Achievement in 
Studio Art in 2001. 

She says " 'The Running Man' was cre- 
ated out of the helter-skelter of my life. 
The six panels are oversized and per- 
sonalized forms that portray the 
metaphor of life's haste which begins 
at birth and continues to death." 

"The Running Man" Series 

Janice E. Breeden 

Hunt Gallery Exhibit, April 16-20, 2001